The debut installation opera "Paradise Interrupted" is an international co-production with New York's Lincoln Center Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA
and the Singapore International Festival of Arts.
Caption: Alexander Dobson & Natalia Pavlova in Atom Egoyan's You Are Mine Own at Spoleto Festival USA
It has been the chorus-in-residence for the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA
since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus.
Opera productions dominate at the Spoleto Festival USA
, an event that spans 17 days each spring ir Charleston's historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces.
Beresford's career as an opera director grew out of a chance meeting with Gian Carlo Menotti, founder of Italy's Festival dei Due Mondi and its American offshoot, Spoleto Festival USA
Her magical act, Aurelia's Oratorio, directed by her mother Victoria Thierree Chaplin, is one of the theatrical anchors of the 2007 Spoleto Festival USA
, running May 25-June 10.
Singers include Steven Mortier as Figaro, who has sung with the Tri-Cities Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Birming- ham Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Pacific, Mississippi Opera, Spoleto Festival USA
and Tacoma Opera.
A haunting meditation on love and death, the work premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre, where it's now finishing up a six-week run before heading in late May to Spoleto Festival USA
in Charleston, S.C., for 11 performances.
Charleston's Spoleto Festival USA
isn't just about fine opera, ballet and concerts; it focuses on the architecture of South Carolina's lovingly preserved, constantly renewed historic city.
(1) "Places with a Past" (Spoleto Festival USA
, Charleston, SC, 1991) The premise behind curator Mary Jane Jacob's project--without question the most well-executed site-specific exhibition ever organized on American soil--was that the ghosts of southern history would emerge through the eighteen contributions by twenty-three artists.
The ensembles 20172018 season includes a concert tour of the Midwest performances and broadcasts at its home in Princeton, its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA
, and the release of a new recording.
Ox's Experiment (1998); he provided the libretto (based on his own play) for composer Rodney Sharman's Elsewhereless (1998), directing the premiere for Tapestry Opera in Toronto, with remounts subsequently at Ottawa's National Arts Centre and the Vancouver Playhouse; and he staged the theatrical premiere of a contemporary Chinese opera, FengYi Ting by GuoWenjing, first at Spoleto Festival USA
in 2012, taking it to New York's Lincoln Centre Festival later that year and then to Toronto's Luminato Festival in 2013.