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Gertrude Stein
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Biography

Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946) was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life. She hosted a Paris salon, where the leading figures of modernism in literature and art, such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, Sherwood Anderson and Henri Matisse, would meet.

In 1933, Stein published a quasi-memoir of her Paris years, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, written in the voice of Alice B. Toklas, her life partner. The book became a literary bestseller and vaulted Stein from the relative obscurity of the cult-literature scene into the limelight of mainstream attention. Two quotes from her works have become widely known: "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose," and "there is no there there", with the latter often taken to be a reference to her childhood home of Oakland.

Her books include Q.E.D. (1903), about a lesbian romantic affair involving several of Stein's friends; Fernhurst, a fictional story about a love triangle; Three Lives (1905–06); and The Making of Americans (1902–1911). In Tender Buttons (1914), Stein commented on lesbian sexuality.

Her activities during World War II have been the subject of analysis and commentary. As a Jew living in Nazi-occupied France, Stein may have only been able to sustain her lifestyle as an art collector, and indeed to ensure her physical safety, through the protection of the powerful Vichy government official and Nazi collaborator Bernard Faÿ. After the war ended, Stein expressed admiration for another Nazi collaborator, Vichy leader Marshal Pétain.


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2015
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2006
The Next Stage2001
The Next Stage1998


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Encompass New Opera TheatreCapital Capitals4/27/2012 - 5/5/2012
Encompass New Opera TheatreThree Sisters Who Are Not Sisters4/27/2012 - 5/5/2012
Opera ParallèleFour Saints in Three Acts8/13/2011 - 8/13/2011
Encompass New Opera TheatreFour Saints in Three Acts2/20/2009 - 3/15/2009
Pittsburgh Festival OperaRed Dust5/5/2007 - 5/19/2007
Encompass New Opera TheatreCapital Capitals6/1/2005 - 6/18/2005
Encompass New Opera TheatreThree Sisters Who Are Not Sisters6/1/2005 - 6/18/2005
San Francisco OperaThe Mother of Us All9/9/2003 - 9/26/2003
Long Beach OperaRemember Him to Me6/1/2003 - 6/21/2003
New York City OperaThe Mother of Us All3/3/2000 - 3/28/2000
Juilliard SchoolThe Mother of Us All2/2/1999 - 2/26/1999
Glimmerglass FestivalThe Mother of Us All7/7/1998 - 8/23/1998
Houston Grand OperaFour Saints in Three Acts1/1/1996 - 2/1/1996
Music-Theatre GroupThe Mother of Us All3/1/1994 - 3/1/1994
Chicago Opera TheaterFour Saints in Three Acts4/1/1993 - 4/25/1993
University of Wisconsin-MadisonFour Saints in Three Acts2/1/1993 - 2/27/1993
Music-Theatre GroupThe Mother of Us All8/1/1992 - 8/15/1992


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