Happy Fourth of July!


Happy Fourth of July to opera lovers and everyone else! As we, the American people, will be firing up our grills and watching fireworks, what music will you be listening to? Take this opportunity to remember all of the great American composers, operatic or not! Here are a few:

American Opera composers:

  • George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
  • Carlisle Ford: Susannah, Of Mice and Men
  • John Adams: Doctor Atomic, Nixon in China
  • Philip Glass: Satyagraha, Appomattox, Einstein on the Beach
  • Mark Adamo: Little Women
  • Gian Carlo Menotti: The Telephone
  • Jack Beeson: Lizzie Borden (My dad had him as a teacher at Columbia University!)
  • Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story, Trouble in Tahiti
  • Samuel Barber: Vanessa
  • Jake Heggie: Moby-Dick
  • Nico Muhly: Two Boys

America Non-Opera composers:

  • Aaron Copland
  • Charles Ives
  • Stephen Foster
  • John Philip Sousa
  • Milton Babbitt
  • Elliott Carter
  • Amy Beach
  • John Cage
  • Woody Guthrie

So happy Fourth of July to all, and Happy Birthday to the United States!




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