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Ronald   Perera


RONALD PERERA’s (b. Boston 1941 – 2023) compositions include operas, song cycles, chamber, choral and orchestral works, and several works for instruments or voices with electronic sounds. He is perhaps best known for his settings of texts by authors as diverse as Dickinson, Joyce, Grass, Sappho, Cummings, Shakespeare, Francis of Assisi, Melville, Ferlinghetti and Updike. Several major pieces are represented on compact disc. Reviewing CRI CD 796 for Fanfare magazine, critic John Story writes, “Three Poems of Gunter Grass is, quite simply, one of the most haunting works of the last 25 years.” Reviewing The Outermost House on Albany Troy 314 he writes, “When he is on form, Ronald Perera is among the finest living combiners of words and music alive [sic]…The music is simply lovely.”


Operas for adults and for children.


Compositions for full or chamber orchestra.


Music for mixed, men’s and women’s choir.

Chamber Music

Music for small ensembles with and without voice.


Works for piano or organ.

Solo Vocal

Music for solo voice.

Solo Instrumental

Music for single instruments with and without accompaniment.


Music composed on analog or digital instruments.

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Ronald Perera is among the finest living combiners of words and music.
John Storey