Evan Mack is the composer and librettist of Angel of the Amazon which premiered in May 2011 by Encompass New Opera Theatre at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City and has been released worldwide by Albany Records. Since then, he teamed up with librettist, Joshua McGuire to write theatre grounded in climactic expression that delivers larger-than-life stories and music that harnesses the full athletic thrill of singing. The Secret of Luca, which premiered by Fresno State Opera Theatre in 2014. In August 2016, their American grand opera, Roscoe, premiered at the Seagle Music Colony to rave reviews. It later received a concert performance with the Albany Symphony and Met Opera superstar Deborah Voigt. In between these two large-scale projects, Mack & McGuire also found time to compose the first-ever opera for Twitter, #IsOperaDead—an opera in 5 acts lasting one minute and forty seconds.
Their latest enterprise is a multi-cultural Christmas opera for children, Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena, which will premiere to thousands of children on both coasts in the 2016-17 season. Mack & McGuire are currently drafting a new one-act opera entitled The Ghosts of Gatsby, slated to premiere in 2018. Individually and together, their work has appeared at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Seagle Music Colony, Winspear Opera House, Washington National Opera, Atlanta Opera, Glimmerglass, and numerous colleges and universities.
As a composer, he has produced five full musicals, two large choral suites, Langston Hughes’ Dream of Freedom and Of Fire and Form, a large two-piano work, “American Groove” and numerous chamber works. Hailed as “the Springtime Nutcracker,” Mack’s Pinocchio, premiered in the Charleston Civic Center by the Charleston Ballet. His micro-opera Beach and Moan, won Atlanta Opera's 24-hour Opera Project in 2013.
Mack has been making waves in the opera world. Opera News called his work, "rousing...in the realm of Barber, Menotti, and Carlise Flloyd...a worthy contemporay opera." The NY Daily News hailed his opera as, "Amazing!"
As a pianist, Evan has performed in the Kentucky Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Chamber Players, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; including a performance in Carnegie Hall. He performed live for the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center
Evan has studied with Michael Chertock of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Michael Slayton, and Dr. Stan Link. He's participated in master classes by George Crumb, Seymour Lipkin, Emanuel Ax, and James Tocco.
He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and Assistant Professor of music at Skidmore College