American composer, choral conductor, lecturer, pianist, organist and opera coach Nicolas Reveles was born in Hawthorne, California, on 4 September 1948 and grew up in Oceanside. His father was a jazz pianist and, when he was four years old, Reveles knew that he wanted to be a musician. He was a runner-up in a composition competition, aged eight.
He began his career as a priest, then worked as a freelance pianist, and after that as director of education and community engagement for San Diego Opera, where he was known for the many opera lectures he gave.
As a composer, his output included several operas, including Eden, House, Dormir, Aftermath and Ghosts.
Nicolas Reveles died from pancreatic cancer on the morning of 1 March 2023, aged seventy-four.
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