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Cole Porter
Composer

Biography

Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. Many of his songs became standards noted for their witty, urbane lyrics, and many of his scores found success on Broadway and in film.

Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, Porter defied his grandfather's wishes and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn to musical theatre. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920s, and by the 1930s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage. Unlike many successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote the lyrics as well as the music for his songs. After a serious horseback riding accident in 1937, Porter was left disabled and in constant pain, but he continued to work. His shows of the early 1940s did not contain the lasting hits of his best work of the 1920s and 1930s, but in 1948 he made a triumphant comeback with his most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate. It won the first Tony Award for Best Musical.

Porter's other musicals include Fifty Million Frenchmen, DuBarry Was a Lady, Anything Goes, Can-Can and Silk Stockings. His numerous hit songs include "Night and Day", "Begin the Beguine", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Well, Did You Evah!", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and "You're the Top". He also composed scores for films from the 1930s to the 1950s, including Born to Dance (1936), which featured the song "You'd Be So Easy to Love"; Rosalie (1937), which featured "In the Still of the Night"; High Society (1956), which included "True Love"; and Les Girls (1957).


Productions
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Intermountain Opera BozemanKiss Me, Kate2/7/2020 - 2/16/2020
St. Petersburg Opera CompanyKiss Me, Kate2/2/2019 - 2/10/2019
Opera North (U.S.)Kiss Me Kate7/29/2017 - 8/10/2017
Pittsburgh Festival OperaKiss Me, Kate7/8/2016 - 7/23/2016
Lyric Opera San DiegoAnything Goes10/3/2009 - 10/10/2009
Glimmerglass FestivalKiss Me, Kate7/7/2008 - 8/23/2008
Seagle FestivalAnything Goes8/8/2006 - 8/18/2006
Bay View Music FestivalKiss Me, Kate7/7/2006 - 7/29/2006
Skylight Music TheatreAnything Goes5/1/2004 - 6/1/2004
Charlottesville OperaKiss Me, Kate7/7/2002 - 8/17/2002
Lyric Opera San DiegoKiss Me, Kate3/3/1998 - 3/29/1998
Opera ModestoKiss Me, Kate4/4/1997 - 4/20/1997
Lyric Opera San DiegoAnything Goes3/3/1996 - 3/31/1996
University of Wisconsin-MadisonOut of This World10/19/1995 - 10/19/1995
Augusta OperaKiss Me, Kate9/1/1993 - 9/18/1993
Madison OperaKiss Me, Kate11/1/1991 - 11/23/1991


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