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Joel Honig

Born: Oct 13, 1936

Death: Sep 25, 2003

Birthplace: Chicago

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Joel Honig

Date of Birth : Oct 13, 1936
Date of Death : Sep 25, 2003
Birth Place : Chicago

Joel Honig was an American music critic, copy editor, writer, and pianist. He is best remembered for his extensive contributions to Opera News magazine. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Honig studied piano at the Manhattan School of Music before entering Columbia University where he was part of a social group of young men that included composer John Corigliano and theatre director Michael Kahn. During his junior year he studied French literature at the Sorbonne in Paris. He was a close friend of playwright William M. Hoffman whom he met at a bar in Greenwich Village in the 1950s. Hoffman said of the event, "I was dead drunk, reciting a Jean Genet poem in French at the top of my lungs, and Joel came up to me and finished the poem. And we became fast friends." In the late 1950s Honig served as the personal secretary of composer Gian Carlo Menotti, notably working with him when he founded the Festival dei Due Mondi in 1958. Around that same time he began working as a freelance writer and music critic. He notably was a regular contributor to Opera News magazine for 40 years.


  • Writer
  • Pianist
  • Music critic
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