Biografie (Biografie nur in Englisch verfügbar) (Aktualisiert 2021-01-31)
Goldenthal was born on May 2, 1954, as the youngest son of a Jewish housepainter father and a Catholic seamstress mother in Brooklyn, New York City, where he was influenced from an early age by music from all cultures and genres. He lived in a multi-cultural part of town, and this is reflected in his works. He attended John Dewey High School in Brooklyn where, at the age of 14, he had his very first ballet Variations on Early Glimpses performed; he continued to display his eclectic musical range, performing with rock bands in the seventies. He then studied music full time at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with composer John Corigliano (whom he greatly admired), to earn his Bachelor of Music degree (1977) and Master of Music (1979) in musical composition.
He lives in New York City 'happily unmarried', as he once put it, with his partner Julie Taymor, whom he met in 1980 through a mutual acquaintance, who told him 'I know a person whose work is just as grotesque as yours'; they have an office/apartment where they both live and work.
Goldenthal has written works for concert hall, theater, dance and film. His work includes music for films such as Alien 3, Michael Collins, Batman Forever, Heat and the Academy Award-winning score for Julie Taymor's 'Frida', a movie in which Goldenthal had a small acting part as a 'Newsreel Reporter'. Incidentally he also had a small part in the stage show 'Juan Dari¨¨n' as a 'Circus Barker / Streetsinger'. See below for links to individual score pages; some with audio samples.
The Tony-Award winning carnival mass Juan Dari¨¨n (1988/'96) and The Green Bird (1999), based on a story by Carlo Gozzi, are a few of the composer's theater works.
In 2006, Goldenthal completed his original 3-act opera with Taymor entitled Grendel an adaptation of the John Gardner novel which told the story of Beowulf from the monster's point of view. It had its world premiere in early June 2006 at the Los Angeles Opera, the role of Grendel performed by Eric Owens, with an audience containing the likes of John Williams and Emmy Rossum; the opus was added to the Los Angeles Opera's permanent repertoire and earned Goldenthal a nomination in April 2007 for the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
In April 2008 it was announced that Goldenthal will reunite with Michael Mann to score a 1930s gangster movie called Public Enemies and Goldenthal will also score another Julie Taymor Shakespeare adaptation in The Tempest, scheduled for 2009.
He cites acclaimed Japanese composer T¨ru Takemitsu as an influence and someone he styles his own career on; Goldenthal has said that the lines between traditional concert music and orchestral film score have become more blurred which is the way he thinks it should be. He has also collaborated four times with Irish director Neil Jordan, scoring movies like Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles and In Dreams.