Composer Ron Perera

Ronald Perera, composer

Ronald Perera’s compositions include operas, song cycles, chamber, choral, and orchestral works, and several works for instruments or voices with electronic sounds. He is perhaps best known for his settings of texts by authors as diverse as Dickinson, Joyce, Grass, Sappho, Cummings, Shakespeare, Francis of Assisi, Melville, Ferlinghetti, Updike and Henry Beston. Seven major pieces are represented on compact discs released in the late 1990s. Reviewing CRI CD 796 for Fanfare magazine, critic John Story writes, “Three Poems of Günter Grass is, quite simply, one of the most haunting works of the last 25 years.” Reviewing The Outermost House on Albany Troy 314 he writes, “When he is on form, Ronald Perera is among the finest living combiners of words and music…. The music is simply lovely.”

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Contemporary operas for adult and children. Click here for operas.


Compositions for full- or chamber orchestras. Click here for orchestral works.


Choral music for mixed mixed, treble or lower voices, all ensemble sizes. Click here for choral works.

Chamber Music

Chamber Music for small instrumental or vocal ensembles. Click here for chamber music.


Works featuring the piano or organ. Click here for keyboard works.

  Solo Vocal

Solo compositions for voices of all ranges. Click here for solo vocal works.

Solo Instrumental

Works featuring a single instrument. Click here for solo instrumental works.


Original digital compositions. Click here for electroacoustic works.