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Oscar Hammerstein
Librettist

Biography

Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II was an American lyricist, librettist, theatrical producer, and (usually uncredited) director in the musical theater for almost 40 years. He won eight Tony Awards and two Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Many of his songs are standard repertoire for vocalists and jazz musicians. He co-wrote 850 songs.

He is best known for his collaborations with composer Richard Rodgers, as the duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, whose musicals include Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Described by Stephen Sondheim as an "experimental playwright," Hammerstein helped bring the American musical to new maturity by popularizing musicals that focused on stories and character rather than the lighthearted entertainment that the musical had been known for beforehand.

He also collaborated with Jerome Kern (with whom he wrote Show Boat), Vincent Youmans, Rudolf Friml, Richard A. Whiting, and Sigmund Romberg.


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
Opera for a New America 1991


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Virginia OperaThe Sound of Music5/13/2022 - 5/15/2022
Central City OperaCarousel7/3/2021 - 8/1/2021
Seagle FestivalOklahoma!8/14/2019 - 8/17/2019
Glimmerglass FestivalShow Boat7/6/2019 - 8/24/2019
Opera San Luis ObispoOklahoma!5/12/2018 - 5/13/2018
Indianapolis OperaSouth Pacific3/23/2018 - 3/25/2018
Gulf Coast SymphonyOklahoma!2/24/2018 - 2/25/2018
Calgary Opera AssociationSouth Pacific8/10/2017 - 8/10/2017
Charlottesville OperaOklahoma!7/29/2017 - 8/5/2017
Glimmerglass FestivalOklahoma!7/8/2017 - 8/22/2017
Opera on the AvalonThe Sound of Music2/17/2017 - 2/18/2017
Annapolis OperaSouth Pacific11/5/2016 - 11/6/2016
Opera RoanokeSouth Pacific10/7/2016 - 10/9/2016
Charlottesville OperaSouth Pacific7/23/2016 - 7/30/2016
St. Petersburg Opera CompanySouth Pacific7/1/2016 - 7/10/2016
St. Petersburg Opera CompanySouth Pacific7/1/2016 - 7/10/2016
Cedar Rapids OperaSouth Pacific6/16/2016 - 6/19/2016
Kentucky OperaShow Boat2/19/2016 - 2/21/2016
Lyric Opera of ChicagoCarousel4/10/2015 - 5/3/2015
Central City OperaThe Sound of Music8/3/2014 - 8/10/2014
Asheville Lyric OperaSouth Pacific7/7/2014 - 7/20/2014
Portland OperaShow Boat5/1/2014 - 5/9/2015
Opera OmahaCinderella4/4/2014 - 4/27/2014
Lyric Opera of ChicagoThe Sound of Music4/4/2014 - 5/11/2014
Piedmont OperaSouth Pacific3/14/2014 - 3/14/2014
Pacific Opera VictoriaSouth Pacific11/11/2013 - 11/23/2013
Central City OperaShow Boat8/7/2013 - 8/11/2013
Charlottesville OperaCarousel8/5/2013 - 8/11/2013
Virginia OperaCarousel5/5/2013 - 5/19/2013
Opera IdahoOklahoma!7/1/2012 - 7/1/2012
Central City OperaOklahoma!6/6/2012 - 8/10/2012
Lyric Opera of ChicagoShow Boat3/17/2012 - 3/17/2012
Anchorage OperaThe Sound of Music3/3/2012 - 4/7/2012
Charlottesville OperaThe King and I8/7/2011 - 8/7/2011
Anchorage OperaSouth Pacific4/2/2011 - 4/10/2011
Seagle FestivalCarousel8/8/2010 - 8/14/2010
Opera IdahoSouth Pacific7/7/2010 - 7/11/2010
University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of MusicWonderful Town11/11/2007 - 11/15/2007
Charlottesville OperaThe Sound of Music7/7/2007 - 8/11/2007
Mercury Opera RochesterShow Boat6/2/2007 - 6/6/2007
Opera ModestoCarousel11/11/2006 - 11/18/2006
Skylight Music TheatreSouth Pacific11/11/2006 - 12/22/2006
Pittsburgh Festival OperaCarmen Jones10/10/2006 - 11/17/2006
Seagle FestivalOklahoma!6/6/2006 - 7/7/2006
LOOK Musical TheatreSouth Pacific6/6/2006 - 7/15/2006
Lyric Opera San DiegoThe King and I3/1/2006 - 4/1/2006
University of Colorado at BoulderThe King and I7/1/2005 - 7/31/2005
Mobile OperaShow Boat1/1/2005 - 1/6/2005
New York City OperaCinderella11/1/2004 - 11/20/2004
Tulsa OperaThe Sound of Music9/1/2004 - 9/12/2004
University of Colorado at BoulderA Grand Night for Singing7/1/2004 - 7/31/2004
Skylight Music TheatreA Grand Night for Singing7/1/2004 - 8/1/2004
Natchez Opera FestivalShow Boat4/1/2004 - 5/1/2004
Edmonton OperaSouth Pacific4/1/2004 - 4/29/2004
Opera BostonSouth Pacific8/1/2003 - 8/10/2003
Charlottesville OperaSouth Pacific7/1/2003 - 8/1/2003
Bay View Music FestivalThe Sound of Music7/1/2003 - 7/31/2003
Capitol Opera SacramentoSouth Pacific9/8/2002 - 9/30/2002
Bay View Music FestivalSouth Pacific7/7/2002 - 7/27/2002
Utah Festival OperaThe Sound of Music7/7/2002 - 7/20/2002
Augusta OperaOklahoma!9/9/2001 - 9/15/2001
Utah Festival OperaSouth Pacific7/7/2001 - 7/28/2001
Mercury Opera RochesterShow Boat1/21/2001 - 1/21/2001
Gold Coast OperaThe Sound of Music11/11/2000 - 11/11/2000
Charlottesville OperaOklahoma!7/7/2000 - 8/12/2000
Wichita State University Opera TheatreThe Desert Song3/3/2000 - 3/12/2000
Light Opera Of New YorkRose-Marie8/8/1999 - 8/29/1999
Utah Festival OperaCarousel7/7/1999 - 7/30/1999
Opera ModestoShow Boat4/4/1999 - 4/25/1999
Light Opera Of New YorkThe Desert Song1/1/1999 - 12/26/1998
Skylight Music TheatreThe King and I11/11/1998 - 12/19/1998
Gold Coast OperaOklahoma!11/1/1998 - 11/21/1998
Virginia OperaOklahoma!4/4/1997 - 4/25/1997
Light Opera Of New YorkWonderful Town12/1/1996 - 12/30/1996
Commonwealth OperaSouth Pacific11/1/1996 - 11/16/1996
Jefferson Performing Arts SocietyShow Boat9/9/1996 - 10/10/1996
Central City OperaThe New Moon7/7/1996 - 8/10/1996
Virginia OperaCarousel4/4/1996 - 4/13/1996
Gold Coast OperaThe Desert Song4/1/1996 - 4/19/1996
Opera ModestoCarousel3/3/1996 - 3/31/1996
New York City OperaCinderella11/9/1995 - 11/18/1995
Commonwealth OperaShow Boat11/1/1995 - 11/11/1995
Augusta OperaA Grand Night for Singing9/9/1995 - 9/16/1995
Charlottesville OperaThe King and I7/7/1995 - 8/12/1995
Boheme Opera New JerseyCarousel1/1/1995 - 1/28/1995
The Cleveland OperaCinderella12/1/1994 - 12/17/1994
New York City OperaWonderful Town11/1/1994 - 11/19/1994
Charlottesville OperaThe Sound of Music7/1/1994 - 8/1/1994
Encompass New Opera TheatreThe Desert Song4/1/1994 - 4/24/1994
Opera MemphisSouth Pacific3/1/1994 - 3/22/1994
New York City OperaCinderella11/1/1993 - 11/20/1993
Gold Coast OperaShow Boat10/1/1993 - 10/20/1993
Charlottesville OperaCarousel7/1/1993 - 8/1/1993
Central City OperaRose-Marie7/1/1993 - 8/1/1993
Fargo-Moorhead OperaThe Desert Song4/1/1993 - 4/17/1993
University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of MusicCarousel11/1/1992 - 11/18/1992
Augusta OperaCarousel9/1/1992 - 9/16/1992
Skylight Music TheatreOklahoma!9/1/1992 - 10/1/1992
New York City OperaThe Desert Song9/1/1992 - 9/26/1992
Charlottesville OperaOklahoma!7/1/1992 - 8/1/1992
The Cleveland OperaThe Sound of Music5/1/1992 - 5/17/1992
Calgary Opera AssociationCarousel3/1/1992 - 3/31/1992
Mobile OperaCarousel3/1/1992 - 3/29/1992
Nashville OperaCarousel3/1/1992 - 4/1/1992
Minnesota OperaCarousel11/1/1991 - 11/23/1991
Gold Coast OperaSouth Pacific11/1/1991 - 11/16/1991
Charlottesville OperaSouth Pacific7/1/1991 - 8/1/1991
Portland OperaCarousel6/1/1991 - 6/22/1991


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