Igor Stravinsky

Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky is widely considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Noted for his stylistic diversity, Stravinsky is known for his revolutionary rhythmic styling and orchestration while paying tribute to masters such as J.S. Bach and Tchaikowsky. Born in Russia and a naturalized citizen of France and the United States, he wrote two operas after emigrating to America.

A complex and dark man, Stravinsky wrote of his childhood in his autobiography, “I never came across anyone who had any real affection for me.” Studying piano and composition from an early age he had his first taste of the orchestra at the age of eight when he saw Tchaikowsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty at the Mariinsky Theatre. Though his father was a bass singer he encouraged the young Igor to study law instead of music, a fate from which he was spared with the timely arrival of Bloody Sunday and his university’s consequent closure. Instead of entering the Petersburg Conservatoire he began twice weekly composition lessons with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. He traveled the world to collaborate with many esteemed artists in varied fields, settling in Switzerland, France, and Los Angeles.

Though most commonly recognized for his ballets, Stravinsky possessed a passionate curiosity for all types of music, art, and literature. Successful throughout his career and in equal measures known for his pendulous pride and modesty, Stravinsky wrote in similarly polar genres incorporating Russian folk songs, neoclassicalism, and twelve-tone techniques. He moved to New York City in 1969 where he died at the age of 88. He was buried in Venice.

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Metropolitan OperaThe Rake's Progress5/30/2022 - 6/11/2022
Opera PhiladelphiaOedipus rex1/21/2022 - 1/23/2022
Lakes Area Music FestivalThe Rake's Progress8/14/2021 - 8/15/2021
Canadian Opera CompanyThe Nightingale4/13/2018 - 5/13/2018
Boston Lyric OperaThe Rake's Progress3/12/2017 - 3/19/2017
Pittsburgh OperaThe Rake's Progress4/30/2016 - 5/8/2016
Opera Company of BrooklynThe Rake's Progress11/7/2015 - 11/7/2015
Portland OperaThe Rake's Progress6/11/2015 - 6/14/2015
Utah Symphony | Utah OperaThe Rake's Progress5/9/2015 - 5/17/2015
Metropolitan OperaThe Rake's Progress5/1/2015 - 5/9/2015
Long Beach OperaAn American Soldier's Tale5/5/2014 - 5/10/2014
Canadian Opera CompanyThe Nightingale3/2/2011 - 3/6/2011
Chateauville FoundationL'Histoire du Soldat7/7/2010 - 7/25/2010
Curtis Institute of MusicThe Rake's Progress11/11/2009 - 11/21/2009
Pacific Opera VictoriaThe Rake's Progress11/11/2009 - 11/20/2009
Canadian Opera CompanyThe Nightingale10/10/2009 - 11/11/2009
San Francisco OperaThe Rake's Progress11/11/2007 - 12/12/2007
Des Moines Metro OperaThe Rake's Progress6/6/2006 - 7/15/2006
Opera AustraliaThe Rake's Progress3/3/2006 - 5/9/2006
Sorg OperaThe Soldier's Tale4/1/2005 - 4/23/2005
Curtis Institute of MusicThe Rake's Progress4/4/2004 - 4/20/2004
Juilliard SchoolLe Rossignol (The Nightingale)4/1/2004 - 4/24/2004
Juilliard SchoolOedipus rex4/1/2004 - 4/24/2004
Metropolitan OperaLe Rossignol (The Nightingale)2/1/2004 - 10/22/2003
Metropolitan OperaOedipus rex2/1/2004 - 10/22/2003
Metropolitan OperaThe Rake's Progress4/4/2003 - 5/5/2003
Canadian Opera CompanyOedipus rex9/27/2002 - 10/11/2002
Canadian Opera CompanySymphony of Psalms9/27/2002 - 10/11/2002
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityThe Rake's Progress3/3/2001 - 3/25/2001
Vancouver New MusicThe Rake's Progress11/11/2000 - 11/24/2000
San Francisco OperaThe Rake's Progress6/6/2000 - 6/29/2000
Edmonton OperaThe Rake's Progress3/3/2000 - 3/16/2000
Pittsburgh OperaThe Rake's Progress2/2/2000 - 2/2/2000
Indianapolis OperaThe Rake's Progress11/11/1997 - 11/22/1997
Metropolitan OperaThe Rake's Progress11/11/1997 - 12/12/1997
University of MichiganLe Rossignol (The Nightingale)11/1/1997 - 11/15/1997
Florentine Opera CompanyThe Nightingale9/9/1997 - 10/11/1997
Canadian Opera CompanyOedipus rex9/1/1997 - 10/1/1997
Canadian Opera CompanySymphony of Psalms9/1/1997 - 10/1/1997
Minnesota OperaThe Rake's Progress4/4/1997 - 4/20/1997
Juilliard SchoolThe Soldier's Tale4/4/1997 - 4/20/1997
Opera PhiladelphiaThe Rake's Progress3/3/1997 - 3/14/1997
Metropolitan OperaThe Rake's Progress1/1/1997 - 1/17/1997
Berkshire Opera CompanyThe Rake's Progress8/1/1996 - 8/24/1996
Santa Fe OperaThe Rake's Progress7/7/1996 - 8/14/1996
Royal Opera CanadaThe Rake's Progress5/1/1996 - 5/18/1996
Manhattan School of MusicThe Rake's Progress11/11/1995 - 11/18/1995
Lyric Opera of ChicagoThe Rake's Progress10/4/1994 - 10/27/1994
Banff CentreThe Rake's Progress8/1/1994 - 8/13/1994
Opera QueenslandOedipus rex6/1/1993 - 6/5/1993
Opéra de MontréalL'Histoire du Soldat5/1/1993 - 5/7/1993
Opéra de MontréalThe Rake's Progress4/1/1993 - 5/1/1993

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