Performance Calendar
Performance Calendar


Head of dramatic studies for Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. As a director, divides his time between opera and spoken theater, with three productions at the Metropolitan Opera: Rodelinda (2004, 2006, 2011), Iphigénie en Tauride (2007, 2011), and Boris Godunov (2010). Recent directing work: Master Class on Broadway and London's West End; Szymanowski's King Roger and Fidelio at Santa Fe; Wagner's Ring cycle at Seattle Opera; Beaumarchais' plays The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro at McCarter Theatre.  Other Juilliard stagings: Falstaff, Ariodante, The Mozart-Da Ponte cycle--Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte (MET+Juilliard)--and The Bartered Bride (MET+Juilliard). Other opera directing work: operas at La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden, Edinburgh Festival, Netherlands Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, and many others. Author: the opera A Quiet Place with Leonard Bernstein (1983); translations of three Marivaux plays (published as Marivaux: Three Plays, Smith and Kraus 1999); and of the Molière Don Juan (2002, published as Molière/Wadsworth: Don Juan, Smith and Kraus 2017); the story for Daron Hagen and Gardner McFall's Amelia (Seatte Opera 2010); translations of the three Beaumarchais Figaro plays (2013-2016, commissioned by McCarter Theatre); That's Not Tango, a monodrama about Astor Piazzolla (SubCulture 2016); a translation of Maeterlinck's play Pelléas et Mélisande (Cincinnati Symphony 2016); a new one-act opera for Opera Columbus (2019); and many important translations of classic plays and operas by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, and Goldoni. Named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government (2004), Harman/Eisner Artist in Residence at the Aspen Institute (2007), Sundance Playwrighting Fellow (2012),  Sallie B. Goodman Playwrighting Fellow at McCarter (2015), and John Stratton Distinguished Visitor at University of Toronto (2017), among other honors.

Birth Place
Mt. Kisco, NY
The Juilliard School
James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow; Director of Opera Studies (Artist Diploma program), since 2008. Erskine Faculty Prize, 2009.

Teaches at

Director of Opera Studies
Vocal Arts