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Lukas Foss

German-born Bostonian

Born August 15, 1922, Berlin, Germany
Emigrated 1937
About Lukas Foss

In addition to his own composition, the German-born Foss is well regarded in Boston and throughout the American musical community as a conductor and as a teacher of composition. His best-known operatic work is his setting of the Mark Twain story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

  • The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, opera in two scenes
    Libretto by Jean Karsavina after the story The Celebrated Jumpipng Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain.
    May 18, 1950, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Griffelkin, opera in three acts
    Libretto by A. Reed after H. Foss.
    November 6, 1956, NBC television
  • Introductions and Good-Byes, a nine-minute opera
    Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti.
    May 5, 1960, New York Philharmonic, New York, New York

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Lukas Foss at Amazon.com

Lukas Foss

The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Manhattan Chamber Orchestra/Clark

CD / Newport 85609 (1997)

"That was a mighty good dinner" from The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County


The Art of the American Singer

CD / Newport 85636 (1998)

Introductions and Good-Byes


Jay Willoughby, Gregg Smith Singers

Behold I Build an House: Vocal Music of Lukas Foss

CD / CRI 80588 (2001)

Introductions and Good-Byes


Lukas Foss

Behold I Build an House: Vocal Music of Lukas Foss

The Gregg Smith Singers

CD / CRI 80588 ()

Lulu's Song from The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County


Lukas Foss

Lulu's Song, Etc.

CD / Koch 7209 (1996)

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Lukas Foss

Introductions and Good-Byes (piano-vocal score)

Carl Fischer 1961

Lukas Foss

Introductions and Good-Byes

Carl Fischer 1961

Last update: January 1, 2009