BMus (Percussion) University of Victoria
MFA (Creative Writing) University of British Columbia
Tobin Stokes composes operas, concert music, and music for theatre, film, dance, and more. As a writer (of words) he creates opera libretti, plays, and song lyrics. In theatre he's a regular collaborator as a writer, composer, sound designer, lyricist, musical director, barista, etc.
Pauline, his opera with libretto by author Margaret Atwood, premiered in 2014. Fallujah, his opera with libretto by playwright Heather Raffo premiered with Long Beach Opera and New York City Opera in 2016. His first opera, The Vinedressers, (words and music) has seen three productions, while his latest, Rattenbury, (words and music) premiered with Pacific Opera Victoria in 2017.
Tobin's music for children and adult choirs is performed around the world, and his orchestral music has been commissioned and premiered in Canada. His music has been recorded in Prague, Moscow ,Bratislava, and other countries. He has composed music for large events and dozens of films.
Hey what's new? Since collaborating with a great team, making a filmed version of the premiere of new verbatim play, Being Here: The Refugee Project, I've been creating the music for Hakai Magazine's next podcast series (coming soon!), and prepping a second draft of my opera libretto, "War in the Woods" for a table read in May. Can't wait! - April 2021