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Stephen Sondheim
Librettist

Biography

Stephen Joshua Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist known for his work in musical theatre.

One of the most important figures in 20th-century musical theatre, Sondheim has been praised for having “reinvented the American musical" with shows that tackle "unexpected themes that range far beyond the [genre's] traditional subjects" with "music and lyrics of unprecedented complexity and sophistication." His shows have been acclaimed for addressing "darker, more harrowing elements of the human experience," with songs often tinged with "ambivalence" about various aspects of life. His best-known works as composer and lyricist include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), and Into the Woods (1987). He is also known for writing the lyrics for West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959).

He has received an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer, including a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre), eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award, and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2010, the former Henry Miller's Theater on Broadway was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre; in 2019, it was announced that the Queen's Theatre in the West End of London would be renamed the Sondheim Theatre at the end of the year. Sondheim has written film music, contributing "Goodbye for Now" for Warren Beatty's 1981 Reds. He wrote five songs for 1990's Dick Tracy, including "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)", sung in the film by Madonna, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Film adaptations of Sondheim's work include West Side Story (1961), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), and Into the Woods (2014).


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
Opera for a New America 1994
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1985
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1985


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Opera SteamboatCompany8/12/2022 - 8/12/2022
Arizona OperaA Little Night Music3/4/2022 - 3/13/2022
Opera OmahaSweeney Todd2/25/2022 - 2/27/2022
Des Moines Metro OperaSweeney Todd7/2/2021 - 7/25/2021
Wolf Trap Opera CompanySweeney Todd7/2/2021 - 7/3/2021
Michigan Opera TheatreSweeney Todd11/16/2019 - 11/24/2019
Lyric Opera of ChicagoWest Side Story5/3/2019 - 6/2/2019
Madison OperaA Little Night Music2/8/2019 - 2/10/2019
Shreveport OperaWest Side Story11/9/2018 - 11/9/2018
Atlanta OperaWest Side Story11/3/2018 - 11/11/2018
Lyric Opera of Kansas CityWest Side Story9/22/2018 - 9/30/2018
Glimmerglass FestivalWest Side Story7/7/2018 - 8/24/2018
Atlanta OperaSweeney Todd6/9/2018 - 6/17/2018
Houston Grand OperaWest Side Story4/20/2018 - 5/6/2018
Alamo City OperaA Little Night Music2/3/2018 - 2/4/2018
Pittsburgh Festival OperaSweeney Todd7/7/2017 - 7/22/2017
Des Moines Metro OperaA Little Night Music6/24/2017 - 7/15/2017
Skylight Music TheatreSweeney Todd5/19/2017 - 5/19/2017
New Orleans Opera AssociationSweeney Todd2/10/2017 - 2/12/2017
Glimmerglass FestivalSweeney Todd7/9/2016 - 8/26/2016
Portland OperaSweeney Todd6/3/2016 - 6/11/2016
Tri-Cities OperaSweeney Todd4/29/2016 - 5/1/2016
Piedmont OperaA Little Night Music3/18/2016 - 3/18/2016
Opera RoanokeSweeney Todd10/30/2015 - 11/1/2015
Vancouver OperaSweeney Todd4/25/2015 - 5/3/2015
Hawai'i Opera TheatreSweeney Todd4/24/2015 - 4/28/2015
Asheville Lyric OperaWest Side Story4/24/2015 - 4/26/2015
Eugene OperaSweeney Todd3/13/2015 - 3/15/2015
Houston Grand OperaSweeney Todd2/24/2015 - 5/9/2015
Syracuse OperaA Little Night Music2/6/2015 - 2/15/2015
Madison OperaSweeney Todd2/6/2015 - 2/8/2015
St. Petersburg Opera CompanyWest Side Story6/27/2014 - 7/6/2014
Virginia OperaSweeney Todd5/5/2014 - 5/25/2014
Houston Grand OperaA Little Night Music3/3/2014 - 3/23/2014
Pensacola OperaSweeney Todd10/10/2012 - 10/20/2012
St. Petersburg Opera CompanySweeney Todd10/5/2012 - 10/9/2012
Skylight Music TheatreSunday in the Park with George5/6/2012 - 5/6/2012
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisSweeney Todd5/5/2012 - 6/24/2012
Vancouver OperaWest Side Story10/10/2011 - 10/28/2011
St. Petersburg Opera CompanyA Little Night Music9/17/2010 - 9/19/2010
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisA Little Night Music6/6/2010 - 6/19/2010
Lyric Opera San DiegoA Little Night Music2/2/2010 - 2/21/2010
Mobile OperaSweeney Todd1/9/2010 - 1/9/2010
Michigan Opera TheatreA Little Night Music11/11/2009 - 11/20/2009
Central City OperaA Little Night Music7/7/2009 - 7/31/2009
Hawai'i Opera TheatreA Little Night Music8/3/2008 - 8/10/2008
Seagle FestivalCompany7/7/2008 - 7/19/2008
New Orleans Opera AssociationWest Side Story4/4/2008 - 4/20/2008
Boheme Opera New JerseyWest Side Story4/4/2008 - 4/13/2008
Springfield Regional OperaA Little Night Music1/1/2008 - 1/20/2008
Shreveport OperaSweeney Todd10/26/2007 - 10/26/2007
The Cleveland OperaA Little Night Music8/8/2007 - 8/19/2007
LOOK Musical TheatreSweeney Todd6/6/2007 - 7/13/2007
Charlottesville OperaWest Side Story7/7/2006 - 8/13/2006
North Bay OperaSweeney Todd4/4/2006 - 4/30/2006
The Cleveland OperaSweeney Todd12/1/2004 - 12/5/2004
Los Angeles OperaA Little Night Music7/1/2004 - 7/31/2004
New York City OperaSweeney Todd3/1/2004 - 3/28/2004
Minnesota OperaPassion2/1/2004 - 3/1/2004
Arizona OperaSweeney Todd2/1/2004 - 2/29/2004
Calgary Opera AssociationSweeney Todd1/1/2004 - 2/1/2004
Opera ColoradoSweeney Todd4/4/2003 - 5/5/2003
New York City OperaA Little Night Music3/3/2003 - 3/29/2003
Toledo OperaSweeney Todd11/11/2002 - 11/23/2002
Lyric Opera of ChicagoSweeney Todd11/11/2002 - 12/21/2002
State Opera of South AustraliaSweeney Todd7/7/2002 - 7/27/2002
Opera AustraliaSweeney Todd4/4/2002 - 5/11/2002
Utah Symphony | Utah OperaA Little Night Music1/1/2002 - 2/5/2002
Opera AustraliaSweeney Todd9/9/2001 - 11/3/2001
Virginia OperaWest Side Story11/11/2000 - 12/12/2000
Florida State OperaA Little Night Music6/6/2000 - 6/10/2000
Opera ModestoSunday in the Park with George4/4/2000 - 4/16/2000
Houston Grand OperaA Little Night Music1/1/1999 - 2/14/1999
Lyric Opera San DiegoA Little Night Music9/9/1998 - 9/27/1998
Opera IllinoisWest Side Story1/1/1998 - 1/24/1998
University of MichiganSweeney Todd10/1/1997 - 10/18/1997
Tapestry OperaPassion4/7/1997 - 5/10/1997
Skylight Music TheatreSweeney Todd4/4/1997 - 5/11/1997
Connecticut Grand Opera and OrchestraWest Side Story10/25/1996 - 10/25/1996
Pensacola OperaPassion9/9/1996 - 9/22/1996
Music-Theatre GroupThree of Hearts9/1/1996 - 9/15/1996
Chautauqua OperaA Little Night Music8/8/1996 - 8/19/1996
Music-Theatre GroupHey Love8/1/1996 - 8/1/1996
Wildwood Park for the Performing ArtsA Little Night Music6/1/1996 - 6/9/1996
Wichita State University Opera TheatreSweeney Todd4/4/1996 - 4/21/1996
Portland OperaSweeney Todd2/2/1996 - 2/25/1996
McGill University West Side Story1/1/1996 - 1/22/1996
North Bay OperaA Little Night Music7/1/1995 - 7/23/1995
Des Moines Metro OperaSweeney Todd6/6/1995 - 7/15/1995
Skylight Music TheatreA Little Night Music5/2/1995 - 6/1/1995
Augusta OperaWest Side Story9/1/1994 - 9/17/1994
University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of MusicA Little Night Music7/1/1994 - 7/22/1994
Virginia OperaWest Side Story4/1/1994 - 4/15/1994
Opera AustraliaWest Side Story2/1/1994 - 2/19/1994
Opera RoanokeSweeney Todd9/1/1993 - 10/1/1993
Music-Theatre GroupHey Love3/1/1993 - 3/1/1993
Houston Grand OperaA Little Night Music5/1/1992 - 6/1/1992
Skylight Music TheatreGypsy3/1/1992 - 4/1/1992
Opera ModestoSweeney Todd10/1/1991 - 10/31/1991
New York City OperaA Little Night Music7/1/1991 - 7/31/1991
Knoxville OperaWest Side Story7/1/1991 - 7/21/1991


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