Lizzy Borden
Composer: Jack Beeson
Composer Bio: Jack Beeson was born and received his early education in Muncie, Indiana. He studied composition at the Eastman School, completing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Upon winning the Prix de Rome and a Fulbright Fellowship Beeson lived in Rome from 1948 through 1950 where he completed his first opera, Jonah, based on a play by Paul Goodman. Following his studies abroad, Beeson’s The Sweet Bye and Bye, with a libretto by Kenward Elmslie, was produced by the Juilliard Opera Theater in 1957. Beeson’s next opera Lizzie Borden was commissioned by the Ford Foundation for the New York City Opera and was premiered in 1965. It was then produced for television by the National Educational Television Network in 1967. A new NYCO production opened in March 1999 and was telecasted by PBS. With 1975’s Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines, Beeson found a gifted collaborator in Broadway lyricist (and also composer and translator) Sheldon Harnick. Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines was premiered by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in 1975. In addition to his work as a composer, Beeson also had a distinguished career as a teacher at Columbia University where he was the MacDowell Professor Emeritus of Music, a chair previously held by Douglas Moore.
Librettist: Kenward Elmslie
Premiere Date: March 25, 1965
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Length: Length is not available.
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Librettist Web Site: http://www.kenwardelmslie.com/
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