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Thursday, May 19 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Opera Repertoire: Energizing Old and New FULL

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Artistic leaders will share their perspectives on curating the opera repertoire for modern audiences. With the exuberant creation of contemporary American opera, how are producers finding balance with works from opera’s rich canon? What treatment is needed to infuse those time-honored works with the same energy as premieres? Hear a lively dialogue on these themes and join a conversation to shape the future of the art form.

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Philip Kennicott

Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post
Philip Kennicott is the Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post. In 2013 he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 (criticism) and 2000 (editorial writing). In 2006, he was an Emmy Award nomineeand won the Cine Golden Eagle for video work exploring the role of oil money in the politics of Azerbaijan. He has served as classical music critic of... Read More →

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John Conklin

Designer, Independent
John Conklin has designed sets on and off-Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, and for opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Bastille Opera in Paris, the Royal Opera and the opera houses of Munich, Amsterdam, and Bologna, among many others. Locally, his work has been seen in Boston Lyric Opera’s I Puritani (2014), Rigoletto (2014), The... Read More →
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Kasper Holten

Director of Opera, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Danish stage director Kasper Holten was born in Copenhagen in 1973. He was Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera 2000-2011 and is Director of Opera at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London since 2011. An acclaimed director of opera and theatre, he has directed more than 65 productions in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Russia, Australia, Japan and the US. He headed the... Read More →
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Robert Marx

President, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
Robert Marx is President of The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation in New York City.  He has worked extensively in theatre and opera as a producer, essayist and consultant, and since 1995 has appeared regularly on the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts as an intermission host, commentator and Opera Quiz panelist.  His many Met programs have ranged from lectures on Wozzeck and The Rise and Fall of the... Read More →
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Zizi Mueller

Creative Consultant, Boosey & Hawkes
Zizi Mueller’s career has spanned both performance and administration, specializing in contemporary music and advocacy of living composers. As a Consultant for both Boosey & Hawkes and UMPC (Ricordi, Salabert, Durand, Eschig and Editio Musica Budapest), among other projects, Zizi Mueller represents John Adams, Steve Reich, Osvaldo Golijov, David T. Little, as well as many developing music/theatre and opera projects with leading performance... Read More →
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Deborah Sandler

General Director and CEO, Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Deborah Sandler currently serves as General Director and CEO at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. One of a handful of women to lead opera companies, Ms. Sandler previously served as General Director of Opera Festival of New Jersey, in Princeton, NJ for ten years and then as General Director of Kentucky Opera. During her tenure in each of these companies, Ms. Sandler developed institutional resources and capacities resulting in the growth and acclaim... Read More →


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