Mary Lou Humphrey, who was a dramaturg at New York City opera and a champion of US composers at Schirmer’s, died of cancer on December 23, aged 59.
Among the composers she helped most as advocate and editor were John Corigliano, Joan Tower, Tan Dun and Aaron Jay Kernis. She wrote a libretto for an opera by Richard Danielpour. At City Opera, she was right-hand woman to general director Beverly Sills. From college days on, her specialist study was the music of Alban Berg.
Here’s how she described herself: I work in multiple areas of the classical music/opera and publishing worlds, both as a creator and behind the scenes. Artistic endeavors energize me enormously. I love language’s ability to communicate subtle shadings of meaning and to reveal deep psychological insights, as well as abstract music’s capacity to express human emotion.
May she rest in peace.