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Conrad Susa
Composer

Biography

Conrad Stephen Susa (April 26, 1935 – November 21, 2013) was an American composer. Born in Springdale, Pennsylvania, Susa studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the Juilliard School, where his teachers included William Bergsma, Vincent Persichetti and, by his own claim, P. D. Q. Bach, the fictitious spoof character created by American composer Peter Schickele.

From 1959 to 1994, Susa was composer-in-residence for the Old Globe Theater (San Diego, California), where he wrote incidental music for over 200 productions there. In 1988, he joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and remained there as a professor of composition until his death.

Susa became particularly known for his 5 operas. His 1973 chamber opera, Transformations, set to texts from the poems of Anne Sexton, is one of the most frequently performed operas by an American composer. His other compositions include choral works and incidental music for various plays. His music is published by the E.C. Schirmer Music Company.


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
The Next Stage1997
The Next Stage1997
Opera for a New America 1994
Opera for a New America 1993
Opera for a New America 1992


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Boston Conservatory at BerkleeTransformations11/11/2012 - 11/17/2012
Juilliard SchoolTransformations2/2/2010 - 2/19/2010
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisTransformations6/6/1997 - 6/26/1997
Center for Contemporary OperaTransformations6/6/1996 - 6/27/1996
San Francisco OperaThe Dangerous Liaisons9/1/1994 - 9/27/1994
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisBlack River6/1/1994 - 6/26/1994


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