Stephen Wadsworth

Stephen Wadsworth is a stage director and writer who divides his time between opera and spoken theater. In the 2010/11 season Stephen Wadsworth directed a new production of Boris Godunov(with René Pape) and a revival of Iphigénie en Tauride (with Susan Graham and Placido Domingo) at the Metropolitan Opera, both seen in live HD telecasts worldwide. He also staged The Bartered Bride for the young artists of The Juilliard School’s advanced training program and the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, as well as Terrence McNally’s play Master Class (with Tyne Daly), which plays on Broadway this summer. Next season he revives his famous production of Rodelinda at the Met (with Renée Fleming and Stephanie Blythe). Wadsworth has directed at Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Edinburgh Festival, Nederlandse Opera, and in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto and Santa Fe, where he returns in 2012 with Szymanowski’s King Roger. He made his Seattle Opera debut in 1985 with Janácek’s Jenufa and has returned for Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice (with Mark Morris) and Iphigénie; Handel’s Xerxes; the 2010 world premiere of Amelia (for which he also wrote the story); and Wagner’s LohengrinFliegende Holländer, and Ring cycle, which returns in 2013. His productions and translations of plays by Shakespeare, Molière, Marivaux, Goldoni, Shaw, Wilde, and Coward have established him as a master of the classical repertory. He wrote the opera A Quiet Place, most recently done by New York City Opera in 2010, with Leonard Bernstein. Wadsworth is the Head of Dramatic Studies at the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, the James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow and Director of Opera Studies at The Juilliard School, an artist in residence at the Aspen Institute, and a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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