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John Adams
Composer

Biography

John Coolidge Adams is an American composer and conductor of classical music and opera, with strong roots in minimalism.

Among over 60 major compositions are his breakthrough piece for string septet, Shaker Loops (1978), his first significant large-scale orchestral work, Harmonielehre (1985), the popular fanfare Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986), and On the Transmigration of Souls (2002), a piece for orchestra and chorus commemorating the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2003. He has written several operas, notably Nixon in China (1987), which recounts Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to China; the controversial The Death of Klinghoffer (1991), based on the hijacking of the passenger liner Achille Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1985 and the hijackers' murder of 69-year-old, wheelchair-bound, Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer; and Doctor Atomic (2005), which covers Robert Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project, and the building of the first atomic bomb.

In addition to the Pulitzer, Adams has received the Erasmus Prize, five Grammy Awards, the Harvard Arts Medal, France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and six honorary doctorates.


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2012
The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2011
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2005
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2004
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1989
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1988
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1987
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1987
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1987
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1987
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1987
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1986
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1985


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
IN SeriesI Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky2/10/2022 - 3/6/2022
Santa Fe OperaDoctor Atomic7/14/2018 - 8/16/2018
San Francisco OperaGirls of the Golden West11/21/2017 - 12/10/2017
Houston Grand OperaNixon in China1/20/2017 - 1/28/2017
San Diego Opera AssociationNixon in China3/14/2015 - 3/22/2015
Opera OmahaA Flowering Tree2/13/2015 - 2/15/2015
Metropolitan OperaThe Death of Klinghoffer10/10/2014 - 11/14/2014
Long Beach OperaI Was Looking at the Ceiling, and Then I Saw the Sky8/23/2014 - 8/23/2014
Long Beach OperaThe Death of Klinghoffer3/3/2014 - 3/22/2014
San Francisco OperaNixon in China6/6/2012 - 7/7/2012
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityNixon in China3/3/2012 - 3/18/2012
Eugene OperaNixon in China3/3/2012 - 3/18/2012
Cincinnati OperaA Flowering Tree6/30/2011 - 7/2/2011
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisThe Death of Klinghoffer6/25/2011 - 6/25/2011
Canadian Opera CompanyNixon in China2/2/2011 - 2/26/2011
Metropolitan OperaNixon in China2/2/2011 - 2/2/2011
Vancouver OperaNixon in China3/3/2010 - 3/20/2010
Long Beach OperaNixon in China3/3/2010 - 3/28/2010
Metropolitan OperaDoctor Atomic10/1/2008 - 11/12/2008
Opera ColoradoNixon in China6/6/2008 - 6/15/2008
Chicago Opera TheaterA Flowering Tree5/5/2008 - 5/25/2008
Lyric Opera of ChicagoDoctor Atomic1/1/2008 - 12/18/2007
Cincinnati OperaNixon in China7/12/2007 - 7/12/2007
Chicago Opera TheaterNixon in China5/5/2006 - 5/27/2006
Portland OperaNixon in China3/1/2006 - 4/1/2006
San Francisco OperaDoctor Atomic10/1/2005 - 10/21/2005
Minnesota OperaNixon in China5/1/2005 - 5/22/2005
Curtis Institute of MusicThe Death of Klinghoffer2/1/2005 - 2/18/2005
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisNixon in China6/1/2004 - 6/26/2004
Opera BostonNixon in China3/1/2004 - 3/14/2004
State Opera of South AustraliaEl Niño3/3/2002 - 3/6/2002
San Francisco OperaThe Death of Klinghoffer11/1/1992 - 11/23/1992
State Opera of South AustraliaNixon in China2/1/1992 - 2/29/1992


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