Dominick Argento is considered to be one of America's leading composers of lyric opera. He has written thirteen operas, most of which have been performed in both Europe and the U.S. The majority of his music is vocal and displays a natural dramatic impulse. In a predominantly tonal context, his music freely combines tonality, atonality and 12-tone writing.
Argento won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for his song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf. Other prominent works include Postcard from Morocco (1971); Casa Guidi (1983) ; and Miss Havisham's Fire.