Portrait of Michael Abels

Michael Abels wins 2023 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Michael Abels (’84), an acclaimed composer and USC Thornton Composition program alumnus, has won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in Music for the opera Omar. Co-composed by Rhiannon Giddens, Omar is a musical work that tells the story of enslaved people brought to North America from Muslim countries. The opera premiered on May 27 at the 2022 Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C.

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