We have been informed by his executor that Conrad Susa, composer of two successful operas, died yesterday at the age of 78.
Transformations, his setting of poems by Anne Sexton, is one of the most widely seen US opera in modern times. Among many revivals it was staged at the Wexford Festival in 2006.
The Dangerous Liaisons was produced by San Francisco Opera in 1994 with Thomas Hampson, Frederica von Stade andRenée Fleming in the cast. It has since been revived at Washington Opera.
Conrad was chair of the composition department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
We send sympathies to his loved ones.