Joe Cadagin

Joe Cadagin holds a doctorate in musicology from Stanford University, where he completed a dissertation on composer György Ligeti. He is a regular contributor to Opera News magazine. You can read more of his work here.

Articles By This Author

Joe Cadagin - September 26, 2023

A new recording showcases the composer’s latest opera, a dark amalgamation of two literary works.

Joe Cadagin - January 3, 2023

In Music for Film, Sculpture, and Captions, the composer teases out connections to jazz, surrealist film, and Ruth Asawa.

Joe Cadagin - May 10, 2022

The composer talks about the perception and reality of Latin American music and about a new work getting its world premiere with the LA Phil this week.

Joe Cadagin - June 14, 2021

The first opera in Cerise Lim Jacobs’s The Ouroboros Trilogy borrows heavily from Eastern lore and legends.

Joe Cadagin - December 19, 2020

A new recording reveals the composer’s intriguing mesh of ideas, influences, and techniques.

Joe Cadagin - August 10, 2020

David Hertzberg’s The Wake World is a sumptuous pleasure house of music.

Joe Cadagin - July 2, 2019

The semistaged opera highlights the orchestra’s season finale.

Joe Cadagin - April 2, 2019

Kaminsky’s strong music is the focal point of Opera Parallèle’s world-premiere production.

Joe Cadagin - February 4, 2019

The vibrant 1977 opera shines on this lovingly rendered CD reissue.

Joe Cadagin - November 20, 2018

Jake Heggie’s operatic adaptation of a singular holiday classic has its West Coast premiere.