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Park Avenue Armory – October 2017

New York City Opera – June 2017

Lyric Opera Chicago – May 2017

Lyric Opera Chicago – February 2017


John Adams

San Francisco Opera – World Premiere – November 2017

BBC Symphony Orchestra - April 2017

New York Philharmonic – March 2017

Theater Bonn, Bonn, Germany – March 2017

St. Louis Symphony – March 2017

Los Angeles Philharmonic – February 2017

San Francisco Symphony – February 2017

Berlin Philharmonic – January 2017

by Kaija Saariaho
The Met Opera, December 2016
Met to Stage Its First Opera by a Woman Since 1903,
The New York Times
, 2/17/16

New York Philharmonic at The Park Avenue Armory
Festival of Kaija Saariaho’s Music, October 2016

Royal Swedish Opera
October 2016

Lyric Opera Chicago, April 2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago
April/May 2015

Lucinda Childs, one of the most celebrated choreographers of the modern era, revives her seminal 1983 collaboration with composer John Adams and architect Frank Gehry
Previews at MassMOCA, North Adams, MA / March 2015
Premiere: Walt Disney Concert Hall, June 2015
Tours worldwide

Lyric Opera of Chicago
March 2015
Bluebeard's CastleBluebeard's Castle


Met Opera – January 2015 and HD simulcasts
Valery Gergiev, conductor
Starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Nadja Michael, Mikhail Petrenko and others


Met Opera – December 2014, New Year’s Eve Gala and HD simulcasts
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Starring Renée Fleming, Nathan Gunn, Kelli O’Hara, Alek Shrader, Thomas Allen and others


Merry WidowEnglish National Opera – November 2014

The Gospel According to the Other Mary review – a mesmerising aural world
The Guardian, November 29, 2014

The Gospel According to the Other Mary review – the Bible to Skid Row
The Guardian, November 23, 2014

The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Coliseum, London – review
The Financial Times, November 23, 2014

The Gospel According to the Other Mary, ENO, review: 'humbling'
The Telegraph, November 22, 2014


Death of KlinghofferDeath of KlinghofferMet Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' is a compassionate feat
Los Angeles Times, October 21, 2014
“… superbly subtle amplification by Mark Grey”

Distress at Sea, and Offstage: ‘The Death of Klinghoffer,’ at the Metropolitan Opera
The New York Times, October 21, 2014

The verdict(s) on “Klinghoffer:” a review roundup
Washington Post, October 22, 2014

Long Wake: “The Death of Klinghoffer,” at the Met
The New Yorker, November 3, 2014

St. Matthew PassionST. MATTHEW PASSION
Berliner Philharmoniker/Simon Rattle/Peter Sellars at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC
October 2014

Berliner Philharmoniker
Simon Rattle, conductor
Peter Sellars, director
Mark Padmore, Evangelist
Christian Gerhaher, Jesus
St. Matthew PassionCamilla Tilling, soprano
Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano
Topi Lehtipuu, tenor
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Simon Halsey, chorus master
Boy Choristers of St. Thomas Church
John Scott, chorus master


Houston Grand Opera at the Park Avenue Armory

The PassengerNotes on camp, July 12, 2014

Houston Grand Opera delivers powerful experience with “The Passenger”
New York Classical Review, July 11, 2014
"Breedt, Moore and Kaduce have full, shining voices. They sang with excellent articulation and beautiful sound.”

What Lies Beneath: A Haunting Nazi Past:
‘The Passenger’ at the Park Avenue Armory
The New York Times, July 11, 2014

The Grand Illusion, The Greater Horror


THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Sound of MusicThe Sound Of Music Is Alive At Lyric Opera
The Chicagoist, April 29, 2014

Sumptuous Sights and Sounds Make "The Sound of Music" Thrilling at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Broadway World, April 28, 2014
"Bruni, Fisher and Yeargan have executed an opera-house version of the show (with impeccable sound design by Mark Grey)..."

This is 'Sound of Music' on a grand scale, with a lovely Maria
Chicago Tribune, April 28, 2014

A glorius new production of The Sound of Music by the Lyric Opera
Chicago Now, April 28, 2014

Lyric Opera's 'The Sound of Music' brings large scale production to Chicago, April 28, 2014

Sound of Music Review – The Lyric Opera of Chicago Production is Brilliant
LA Splash Magazine, April 28, 2014

‘Sound of Music’ at Lyric: When opera meets B’way, the hills come alive – and hearts, too
Chicago on the Aisle, April 28, 2014

OFFBEAT: Chicago Lyric's 'Sound of Music' an oppulent ovation
NWI Times, April 28, 2014
"The flowing costume designs by Alejo Vietti in her Lyric debut paired with lighting design by Duane Schuler and sound design by Mark Grey complete this feast for the eyes and ears."

Lyric takes no chances with ‘The Sound of Music’
Chicago Sun-Times, April 27, 2014

Opera Review: Lyric’s “The Sound Of Music”
BTSCELEBS, April 27, 2014

Supersized Sound of Music perfect for Chicago families
Chicago Parent


London Philharmonic
December 14, 2013

Review: El Niño, Royal Festival Hall, London
Vladimir Jurowski conducted an examplary performance of John Adams’s nativity oratorio
The Financial Times, December 16, 2013

"This exemplary concert performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under its principal conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, felt very different. Adams’s chugging, minimalist rhythms were perfectly sprung; and everywhere the sound-world was of brilliant clarity, sparkling with the glitter of tuned percussion, and rising at its climaxes to textures that were positively rapturous. Where the original cast had drawn emotions from the earth, here we had the radiance of light and air."

El Niño, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, December 15, 2013

"John Adams’ millennial conflagration of musical poems about childbirth, destruction and the divine made manifest not only served as a seasonal farewell and a transcendent epilogue to the Southbank’s year of 20th-century music The Rest is Noise; it also stood pure and proud as a masterpiece.

...Were they and the other singers miked? That I couldn’t always be sure is the highest compliment to whatever role Mark Grey’s sound design may have played."


Los Angeles Philharmonic
March 2013

RGospel According to the Other Maryeview: Ravinia gives voice to passion of Adams' 'The Other Mary'
Chicago Tribune, September 8, 2013

Review: Applause in Unlikely Places: A Conductor Who Rewrites the Rules
The New York Times, March 29, 2013

Review: John Adams Thinks Big in New Telling of the Gospel
WQXR Operavore blog, March 28, 2013

Gospel According to the Other MaryReview: The Gospel According to the Other Mary - Barbican, London
The Guardian, March 17, 2013

Review: 'Gospel According to the Other Mary' emerges reborn
Los Angeles Times
, March 8, 2013
"There was further help from Mark Grey's amplification, which highlighted the
vocal essence of each singer and provided an ideal balance with the orchestra."

I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the SkyI WAS LOOKING AT THE CEILING AND THEN I SAW THE SKY

Théâtre du Châtelet
June 2013


OklahomaLyric Opera of Chicago
May 2013

Review: Grand staging for 'Oklahoma' in the hands of Lyric Opera
Chicago Tribune, May 5, 2013

Lyric Opera of Chicago is getting miked for Oklahoma! blog, May 2, 2013
...The kudos should go to sound designer and composer Mark Grey, the whiz behind the technology. Longtime soundman for composer John Adams (and many others), Grey is the guy who made Lyric shake for Doctor Atomic. His own composing commissions include a soon-to-be-written opera version of Frankenstein, which maybe we'll get to see at Lyric someday.

Grey says amplified sound tends to be "two-dimensional," while the sound of a traditional opera is wider, broader, and, at the same time, more intimate. But even for opera, he adds, the way we listen is changing. Things like the Metropolitan Opera simulcasts to movie theaters are delivering sound that's different from what's being heard in the opera house; younger audiences are accustomed to the clarity of digital; and contemporary composers are incorporating the vast, electronic soundscape.

"I think technology will play a huge part on the opera stage. We're at the forefront," Grey says. "But in a case like Oklahoma!, we want to keep it as natural as possible."

Houston Grand Opera
January 2013

NIXON IN CHINA at The BBC Proms and Berlin Philharmonie
Nixon PromsSeptember 2012 | Info
The much-anticipated Proms performance of John Adams's Nixon in China, conducted by the composer himself and directed by Paul Curran, marked the 25th anniversary of the work's groundbreaking premiere. Arguably the most influential opera of the last few decades, it has lost none of its power and remains Adams' finest stage work. And though the events it depicts might no longer seem like recent history to some, its analysis of the relationships between personal and political integrity, and between ideological sincerity and fanaticism, has, if anything, gained greater relevance with time... | Full Review

Nixon Proms
NIXON IN CHINA at San Francisco Opera
June 2012 | Info
The last time Bay Area audiences heard John Adams' "Nixon in China" was in 1987, in an unstaged reading in Herbst Theatre with piano accompaniment that scarcely hinted at the work's depth and originality. On Friday night, a mere quarter-century later, the San Francisco Opera corrected that oversight with a suave, imaginative and superbly sung production.

Welcome home, Mr. Nixon. It's been too long. | Full Review

Show Boat
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Music by Jerome Kern
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Staged by Francesca Zambello
Conducted by John DeMain

The curtain will rise on a richly detailed vision of that bygone era when Show Boat docks for the first time at Lyric. The sumptuous new production, staged by Francesca Zambello and conducted by John DeMain, promises to delight your eyes and ears. The sensational cast includes Broadway star Ashley Brown; Lyric favorite Nathan Gunn; three more operatic luminaries – Alyson Cambridge, Morris Robinson, and Angela Renée Simpson; and some of Chicago’s most gifted actors.

For Zambello, musical theater is American opera. “With it we have forged something as popular as opera was in the 19th century. Opera and musical theater can live harmoniously in our American theater and opera-house landscape. Show Boat gives us a rich study in opera, operetta, vaudeville, and musical comedy, but – equally important – a compelling American story of social and political importance. more articles | videos

Evoking the past pioneers of electronic music, musique concrete, and music of the avant-garde, Mark Grey created a dramatic new sonic score and design for Peter Sellars' markedly innovative production of Shakespeare's Othello, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman (Iago) and John Ortiz (Othello). His all-electronic "symphonie mecanique" score for Othello uses an elaborate surround-sound environment to transport theatre audiences through colorful and complex sonic worlds into the haunting world of Shakespeare's timeless tale of jealousy and betrayal. The work premiered at the Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, Austria) in June 2009, then proceeded to the K15 Festival in Bochum, Germany. Othello was also staged from Sept. 12-Oct. 4, 2009, at the Public Theater in New York City.    

Videos: "Inside Othello" video | Othello in the Age of Obama Pt 1 | Othello in the Age of Obama Pt 2 | Philip Seymour Hoffman interview


LuluAlban Berg's
Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria, June 2010
Directed by Peter Stein
Mahler Chamber Orchestra - Daniele Gatti, conductor
Sound Designer (live) and producer (studio) for recordings of offstage bands; design for live production



Sound Designer for John Adams

Sound designer, recording and production engineer, synthesizer/sampler programmer, technical coordinator, and archivist for one of the most prolific composers of our time. Coordinate technical information for ensembles and orchestras worldwide. Prepare presenters with the necessary materials (such as sound design packages and synthesizer/sampler design packages with software) as to create a specific production standard when performing the music of John Adams.


Théâtre du Châtelet, June 11-19, 2013
Orchestre du Châtelet and soloists
Alexander Briger, conductor

Nixon in China at the MetKlinghoffer at ENO NIXON IN CHINA
The Metropolitan Opera, New York, February 2011
Directed by Peter Sellars
John Adams, conductor

English National Opera, London, September 2011

El Nino

Gala Opening, 2010 Edinburgh Festival, Scotland, August 2010
James Conlon, conductor
San Francisco Symphony, December 2010 - John Adams, conductor

Flowering TreeGrey is the sound designer for John Adam's new opera, A Flowering Tree,which was performed by the Los AngelesPhilharmonic, and conducted by John Adams, on May 15, 2009, at Walt DisneyConcert Hall.

The piece, directed by Peter Sellars, premiered in New York on Aug. 13, 2009, as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. website

Dr. Atomic at the Met
DR. ATOMIC website
Premiered in October 2005 at the San Francisco Opera. Other performances include Netherlands Opera (June 2007), Chicago Lyric Opera (December 2007), and Metropolitan Opera (October 2008, part of the MetHD series). "Purely as an experience in sound, the Met's 'Atomic' was a triumph." ~Alex Ross, The New Yorker \ Full article

"The results are ethereal, arresting and, in the words of General Manager Peter Gelb, 'make the Metropolitan Opera shake as it has never before.'" \ Groundbreaking Sound Design, The Making of Doctor Atomic
Wonders Are Many is a behind-the-scenes documentary that tells the story of making a grand opera about the atomic bomb.

On the Transmigration of Souls
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music as well as three Grammy Awards

Designer of a massive surround sound system including Max/MSP programming for New York Philharmonic premiere of John Adam's "On the Transmigration of Souls" commissioned by the N.Y. Philharmonic in 2002, in memory of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Concert halls have included Avery Fisher Hall (New York City), Royal Albert Hall (London), Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (Sydney, AUS) and the Concertgebow (Amsterdam).

Other projects include:

DraculaSound Designer for Dracula
Music by Philip Glass
Performed by Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass and Michael Riesman
Toured worldwide

"It's no surprise that some of Philip Glass's most inspiring projects have been multimedia. The composer's minimalist tendencies lend themselves to the accompaniment of vast landscapes, silent films, and--now--Tod Browning's 1931 horror classic, Dracula. With longstanding collaborators the Kronos Quartet performing the score, Glass has created a soundtrack that moves with rapid-fire momentum and a timeless chamber-music feel. Dracula never sounds sinister or ironic, just ominous--the perfect companion to a film with plenty of dialogue but no pre-existing score."

AinadamarSound Designer for Ainadamar
Music by Osvaldo Golijov
Stage Director Peter Sellars
Dawn Upshaw, Kelley O'Connor, Jessica Rivera
Lincoln Center Festival – The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov, 2006


Sound Designer for Ayre
Music by Osvaldo Golijov
Dawn Upshaw and The Andalucian Dogs
Lincoln Center Festival – The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov, 2006

SEl Ninoound Designer El Niño (A Nativity Oratorio)
Sound Designer, 2001. Critically acclaimed staged work with director Peter Sellars and soprano Dawn Upshaw, mezzo soprano Lorraine Hunt Liberson and baritone Willard White. Venue locations include Chatelet in Paris (world premiere), San Francisco Symphony at Davies Hall in California (American premiere), Lincoln Center in New York City, Barbican Center in London, Australia, Greece, Germany, Italy and Netherlands.

El Niño (A Nativity Oratorio)
Vocal Recording Engineer for Nonesuch Records, 2001.
Soprano Dawn Upshaw, mezzo soprano Lorraine Hunt Liberson and baritone Willard White.

Hoodoo ZephyrAlleged DancesHoodoo Zephyr
Recording engineer (1992), Electra/Nonesuch Records,

Alleged Dances
(Kronos Quartet and live electronic sounds)
Sound designer for production, electronic loop engineer at Skywalker Ranch, California. Electra/Nonesuch Records,

Ceiling SkyCeiling/Sky
Recording (Technical and co-recording engineer). Organized and recorded Avanti! musicians in Helsinki (December 1996), final mix at Skywalker Ranch (June 1997). Electra/Nonesuch Records, CD-79473-2.

Opera Tour (Sound Engineer and Assistant Sound Designer for the opera). Eight month tour included Cal Performances (Berkeley), Festival De Theatre Des Ameriques (Montreal), Lincoln Center (NewYork), Edinburgh Festival (Scotland), Helsinki Festival (Finland), MC93 Bobigny (Paris, France), and Hamburg (Germany).

John Adams/Ensemble Modern Tour
(large orchestra tour)
Co-sound designer and technical engineer for U.S. tour that included the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center (Alice Tully Hall), Chicago Orchestra Hall, Penn State Univ., Williams Center (Easton, PA), and University of Michigan.

Kronos QuartetSound Designer and Engineer for Kronos Quartet website
Work in close contact with many composers, performers and orchestras. Design sound reinforcement systems, install sound systems on location, and mix house sound (FOH) during performances. Recent tour locations have included Austria, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Turkey and most states within the U.S. Recent projects include Sound Designer for Dracula, The Music and Film. Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass and Michael Riesman tour/perform the original Philip Glass score to the 1931 film Dracula, starringBela Lugosi.


Kronos Quartet Sun RingsSound Designer for Visual Music website

Sound Designer for Sun Rings website
("The music of the spheres," Telegraph UK Article)


Sound Designer and Synthesizer/Sampler Technician
for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers, Inc. website
Boosey Hawkes logoWorking as the only worldwide technical consultant for Boosey & Hawkes. Sound design and synthesizer/sampler design for productions performing Boosey composers, for example: John Adams, Steve Reich, Jacob Druckman, Iannis Xenakis, and Michael Torke. Prepare technical packages, format and program synthesizer/sampler software, and work with presenters to produce respective composers' work. A very few of the production organizations include: Russian National Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival, Lincoln Center/NY Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, Schönberg Ensemble, Ensemble Modern, Present Music Ensemble, Eos Ensemble, Finnish National Orchestra, Nürnberg Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Festival de Radio France, London Royal Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bolkham Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Philharmonic and Chorus (Estonia), and most large symphonic orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

Angels in AmericaSound Designer for Peter Eotvos' stage version of Angels in America (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, 2004) article
Barbara Hendricks
Julia Migenes
Roberta Alexander
Daniel Belcher
Topi Lehtipuu
Omar Ebrahim
Donald Maxwell
Derek Lee Ragin

Paul DresherElectronic Music & MIDI Specialist for Paul Dresher Ensemble website
Technical consultant designing and executing large live electronic music environments for performances and recordings. The Paul Dresher Ensemble includes up to eight musicians each with an extensive electronic music workstation environment. Work involves preparing musicians' environments for new works and archiving older compositions. Work with commissioned composers to help design their compositional visions.