David Henry Hwang
Librettist

Biography
Few writers have turned issues around ethnicity and identity into a widely acclaimed and award-winning career like David Henry Hwang. This Chinese American playwright, described by the New York Times as "a true original" and by TIME magazine as "the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller," is best known as the author of "M. Butterfly." That 1988 work, which won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, John Gassner Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award, was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. To date, "M. Butterfly" has been staged in over four dozen countries and was the basis for a major motion picture. His play, "Golden Child," premiered Off-Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, received an Obie Award, and subsequently played on Broadway, where it received three Tony nominations. "Yellow Face," which premiered at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum and New York's Public Theater, also won an Obie Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. "Chinglish" premiered at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, where it won a 2011 Jefferson Award for Best New Work, before moving to Broadway and being named Best New American Play of 2011 by TIME Magazine. Other plays from his 30 year career include FOB (Obie Award), The Dance & the Railroad (Drama Desk Nomination, CINE Golden Eagle Award), and Family Devotions (Drama Desk Nomination). According to Opera News, Hwang is America’s most-produced living opera librettist. He has written four works with composer Philip Glass, including "1000 Airplanes on the Roof," while his other libretti have been performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival USA and elsewhere. The Deutsche Grammofone recording of his libretto for "Ainadamar" won two Grammy Awards after having spent time at the top of Billboard magazine’s classical music charts.

OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
New Works Forum Showcase 2016
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2014
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2014
The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2009
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2007
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2007
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2005


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Santa Fe OperaM. Butterfly8/1/2020 - 8/19/2020
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisAn American Soldier6/3/2018 - 6/22/2018
San Francisco OperaDream of the Red Chamber9/10/2016 - 9/29/2016
Opera PhiladelphiaAinadamar2/2/2014 - 2/16/2014
Opera Parallèle (Opera Parallele)Ainadamar2/15/2013 - 2/15/2013
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisAlice in Wonderland6/6/2012 - 6/23/2012
Cincinnati OperaAinadamar7/7/2009 - 7/11/2009
Los Angeles OperaThe Fly9/9/2008 - 9/27/2008
Opera PhiladelphiaAinadamar2/2/2008 - 2/16/2008
Pittsburgh Festival OperaThe Sound of A Voice4/4/2007 - 4/28/2007
Long Beach OperaHotel of Dreams11/11/2006 - 11/18/2006
Long Beach OperaThe Sound of A Voice11/11/2006 - 11/18/2006
Santa Fe OperaAinadamar7/1/2005 - 8/1/2005
Metropolitan OperaThe Voyage3/3/1996 - 4/11/1996
Metropolitan OperaThe Voyage10/1/1992 - 10/30/1992


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