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Stewart F. Wallace, American composer. Recipient Young Composer award American Society of Composers, 1987, 88, 89; Composer's fellow National Endowment for the Arts, 1988-1989, New York Foundation for the Arts, 1990, commissioning grantee Readers Digest, 1995, Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue Harvard. University, 1998.


Wallace, Stewart F. was born on November 21, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Sidney and Marsha Joan Wallace.


Bachelor, University Texas, 1982.


He filed for a divorce with Diane Festa and is single. He had a child with Festa, named Lucas Wallace. Two of his operas have been premiered at the Houston Grand Opera, Where's Dick? (1989) and Harvey Milk (1995).

The latter of which was based on the life of its namesake. His most recent opera, The Bonesetter's Daughter, uses a libretto by Amy Tan which is based on her novel of the same name. The Bonesetter's Daughter premiered at the War Memorial Opera House of the San Francisco Opera in 2008.

The New York City Opera announced that it would stage the East Coast premiere of Wallace's “Hopper’s Wife” — a 1997 chamber opera about an imagined marriage between the painter Edward Hopper and the gossip columnist Hedda Hopper -- at Harlem Stage from April 28 through May 1, 2016.


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    • Composer: (operas) Where's Dick?, 1989, Kabbalah 1989, Harvey Milk, 1995, Hopper's Wife, 1997, Supermax, 2001, Yiddisher Teddy Bears, 2001, The Bonesetter's Daughter, 2008. (orchestral works) Gorilla in a Cage, 1997, Book of Five for Icebreaker and Orchestra, 2002, Skvera for Electric Guitar and Orchestra, 2004, (ballet) Peter Pan, 2000, (film scores) Afraid of Everything, 1999, Seven Days, 2004, Book of Love, 2004. Also one-act operas, (opera 3 acts) Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Opera of City of Dortnmund, Germany, (chamberwork) The Cheese and the Worms for Bagpipes, Percussion and Piano, 1999, other pieces.

      Premiered with Bochum (Germany) Symphony, 1997, National Symphony Orchestra, 1999, Sundance Film Festival.


He has spent much of his career composing experimental operas, from the dance-centered Kabbalah (1989) to the surrealist Hopper's Wife (1992).


Sidney Wallace

Marsha Joan Wallace