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Kirke Mechem
Librettist

Biography
Kirke Mechem (born August 16, 1925) is an American composer. His first opera, Tartuffe, with over 400 performances in six countries, has become one of the most popular operas written by an American. He has composed more than 250 works in almost every form. In 2002, ASCAP registered performances of his music in 42 countries. He is often called the "dean of American choral composers" (G. Schirmer bio). His memoir, Believe Your Ears: Life of a Lyric Composer, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2015; it won ASCAP Foundation's 48th annual Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award for outstanding musical biography.

OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2006
Opera Fund: Partnership 2002
Opera for a New America 1994
Opera for a New America 1994
Opera for a New America 1993


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityJohn Brown5/5/2008 - 5/11/2008
Opera SaratogaTartuffe6/6/2007 - 7/7/2007
Skylight Music TheatreTartuffe1/1/2007 - 2/11/2007
Maryland OperaTartuffe11/11/1997 - 11/22/1997
Opera North (U.S.)Tartuffe8/8/1996 - 8/23/1996


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