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Stewart Wallace

Unconventional cantor and composer

Born 1960, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
About Stewart Wallace

Wallace has spent much of his career composing unconventional, boundary-pushing operas, from the dance-centered Kabbalah to the surrealist Hopper's Wife. Mr. Wallace's first opera, Where's Dick, inspired in part by comic strips, is now being transformed into an animated film. Despite the success of Harvey Milk and the recent The Bonesetter's Daughter, several of Wallace's operas have yet to have a full performance.

  • Where's Dick?
    Libretto by Michael Korie.
    May, 1989, Texas Opera Theater, Miller Outdoor Theater, Houston, Texas
  • Kabbalah, chamber opera in 7 movements
    Libretto by Michael Korie.
    November, 1989, Next Wave Festival, Brookyln Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York
  • Harvey Milk, opera in three acts
    Libretto by Michael Korie.
    January 21, 1995, Houston Grand Opera, Houston, Texas
  • Hopper's Wife (composed 1992; premiere June 14, 1997, Long Beach Opera, California State University, Long Beach, California (co-production with the 92nd Street Y in New York))
  • Yiddisher Teddy Bears
    Libretto by Richard Foreman.
  • Supermax
    Libretto by Michael Korie.
    May, 2001
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter
    Libretto by Michael Korie and Amy Tan after the novel by Amy Tan.
    September 13, 2008, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco, California

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Stewart Wallace at Amazon.com

Stewart Wallace

Kabbalah (out of print)

CD / Koch 370 482 H1 (1990)

Stewart Wallace

Harvey Milk

San Francisco Opera/Runnicles

2 CD / Elektra/Asylum 15856 (1998)

Bibliography Search for books by and about Stewart Wallace at Amazon.com

Ken Smith

Fate! Luck! Chance!: Amy Tan, Stewart Wallace, and the Making of The Bonesetter's Daughter

Chronicle Books 2008

Last update: January 1, 2009