Michigan-based opera and song composer.


Griffin Candey (b. 1988) is an American composer whose work vocalists praise for its "prosody that showcases both the words and the singers," its "intuitive rhythm," and its "lyricism and emotional depth."

Candey currently holds the Composer-in-Residence position at Cleveland Opera Theater in conjunction with their adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba (January 2020, on a bilingual libretto by Caridad Svich.) Candey's first opera, Sweets by Kate — described as "hilarious and moving" and "a piece with charming and elaborate complexity" — was chosen for the 2017 line-up of Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers Festival. The comic work, commissioned by the Midwest Institute of Opera, subsequently saw productions at Boston University, at Marble City Opera, and with NYC's OperaRox Productions at the historic Stonewall Inn.  More recently, his comic Follow Suit — a two-hander romp, with libretto by Knoxville's Emily Anderson — premiered at Marble City Opera to sold out audiences.

2019 and 2020 will see several premieres across the States — cycles for the Seen/Heard Trio, for Brooke Larimer and the BEO String Quartet, for Detroit’s Juxtatonal, for soprano Alex Nowakowski, and one commemorating the anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing for soprano Ann Moss.