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Jack Hamilton Beeson
Composer

Biography
Jack Beeson studied at Eastman School and with Bartók in New York City * Since 1950 has composed ten operas in the American vernacular tradition *Stage works combine keen sense of irony with penetrating psychological insight *Style is wide-ranging, with musical language adapting to realise distinctive mood, character or emotion * Most of his operas are based on American history and literature * Wit and lyrical gifts come to the fore in operatic numbers, songs and choral works * Taught at Columbia University for five decades.

Works include:
Hello Out There (1954) Chamber opera in one act
The Sweet Bye and Bye (1956) Opera in two acts
Lizzie Borden (1965) A family portrait in three acts
Cyrano (1990) Heroic comedy in music

OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2015
The Next Stage1998
Opera for a New America 1994


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Detroit OperaCyrano5/13/2017 - 5/21/2017
Boston Lyric OperaLizzie Borden11/11/2013 - 11/23/2013
Florida Grand OperaCyrano4/4/2011 - 5/7/2011
Florida Grand OperaCyrano4/4/2008 - 5/17/2008
Opera PhiladelphiaCyrano2/2/2008 - 2/17/2008
Detroit OperaCyrano10/10/2007 - 10/27/2007
Center for Contemporary OperaSorry, Wrong Number5/5/1999 - 5/5/1999
New York City OperaLizzie Borden3/3/1999 - 3/24/1999
Glimmerglass FestivalLizzie Borden7/7/1996 - 8/19/1996


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