Donna M Dinovelli

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Donna Di Novelli

DONNA DI NOVELLI writes for opera, music-theater and film. As a librettist and lyricist, Di Novelli collaborates with composers working in both experimental and traditional genres. THE GOOD SWIMMER, a pop requiem (music by Heidi Rodewald), directed by Kevin Newbury was presented at the 2016 Prototype Festival produced by Beth Morrison Productions and HERE. She wrote the libretto for Paola Prestini’s OCEANIC VERSES, presented by River-to-River Festival, The Kennedy Center and the Barbican Centre in London, 2012 and the libretto for HEART OF A SOLDIER, commissioned by the San Francisco Opera, premiering September 2011, music by Christopher Theofanidis. Di Novelli is currently writing lyrics for the musical LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE with book by Tony Award Winner, Rachel Sheinkin, and music by Rachel Portman, (THE LITTLE PRINCE, Oscar winning soundtrack to EMMA). She has worked with Randall Eng since their graduate thesis opera, FLORIDA, scheduled for a production in 2018. Her first screenplay, STAG was turned into an award-winning short film, directed by Newbury and traveled to festivals around the world in 2015-16. She is co-writing a feature length film with the Indie director, Josephine Decker, currently in post-production.