The late, great Nicholas John, longtime dramaturg at English National Opera, defined it as “the conscience of an opera house”. More specifically, a dramaturg is the impeccably informed advocate for the composer and librettist (living or dead), the bridge between the creators, producers, performers, scholars, and audiences of opera.
As staff Dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2012 through 2017) and New York City Opera (1997 through 2010), I have been just that, helping to shape repertoire choices and new productions, and overseeing company publications, curating and presenting outreach programs, striving for all of these endeavors to spring seamlessly from the company’s artistic vision.
2013, Cori Ellison
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Julia Pevzner, director
(Photo: Clive Grainger)
"Così fan tutte:
Some Assembly Required,"
Ned Canty, director
(photo: G. Dan Mitchell -www.gdanmitchell.com
© 2010 Copyright G Dan Mitchell)
Handel at Home,
Chicago Humanities Festival, Elizabeth Futral, soprano
(photo: John Grigaitis)
Cerrone: Invisible Cities,
Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Robin Guarino, director
Ken Roht, director
Washington National Opera, Francesca Zambello, director
(photo: Karin Cooper)