Stephen Paulus

Stephen Paulus (August 24, 1949 – October 19, 2014) was a Grammy winning American composer, best known for his operas and choral music. His best-known piece is his 1982 opera The Postman Always Rings Twice, one of several operas he composed for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, which prompted The New York Times to call him "a young man on the road to big things". His style is essentially tonal, and melodic and romantic by nature. He received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Foundation and won the prestigious Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize. He was commissioned by such notable organizations as the Minnesota Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, the American Composers Orchestra, the Dale Warland Singers, the Harvard Glee Club and the New York Choral Society. Paulus was a passionate advocate for the works and careers of his colleagues. He co-founded the American Composers Forum in 1973, the largest composer service organization in the U.S., and served as the Symphony and Concert Representative on the ASCAP Board of Directors from 1990 until his death (from complications following a stroke in July 2013) in 2014.

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Opera for a New America 1994
Opera for a New America 1994
Opera for a New America 1993
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1985

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Boston University - CFAThe Postman Always Rings Twice2/27/2011 - 2/27/2011
Center for Contemporary OperaSummer6/6/2002 - 6/20/2002
Juilliard SchoolHeloise and Abelard4/4/2002 - 4/29/2002
Berkshire Opera CompanySummer8/8/1999 - 8/31/1999
Center for Contemporary OperaThe Postman Always Rings Twice6/6/1998 - 6/30/1998
Manhattan School of MusicThe Postman Always Rings Twice12/11/1997 - 12/13/1997
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisThe Woman at Otowi Crossing6/6/1995 - 6/23/1995
Boston Lyric OperaThe Postman Always Rings Twice3/1/1994 - 3/20/1994

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