Lyric Opera of Chicago

Stephen Wadsworth

Stephen WadsworthStephen Wadsworth is a director, writer and teacher. He has three productions in the active repertoire at the Metropolitan Opera—Boris Godunov and Iphigénie en Tauride, both seen last season in the house and live on HD worldwide, and Rodelinda, which was revived this season with Renée Fleming and also telecast live in HD. His recent Broadway production of Terrence McNally’s Master Class, starring Tyne Daly as Maria Callas, is now playing in London’s West End. Upcoming operatic work includes Szymanowski’s King Roger at Santa Fe Opera (2012), the final reprise of his famous Ring cycle at Seattle Opera (2013), and productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Così fan Tutte at The Juilliard School with his students at Juilliard and the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. His opera work—at La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden, the Edinburgh Festival, San Francisco Opera, among others—and his productions of plays by Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Molière, Marivaux, Goldoni, Wilde and Coward have established him as a master of the classical repertoire.

Wadsworth wrote the opera A Quiet Place with Leonard Bernstein, premiered in Houston in 1983 and in New York last season, and wrote the story for Amelia, with music by Daron Hagen and libretto by Gardner McFall, which was premiered by Seattle Opera in 2010. He served as Dramaturg and director on the premieres of Peter Lieberson’s Ashoka’s Dream (1997) and Hagen’s Shining Brow (1993), and on new plays by Beth Henley and Anna Deavere Smith. He is a frequent consultant on new opera projects and a regular script consultant for the Sundance Theatre Lab. His translations include operas by Handel (Xerxes, Partenope and Alcina), Mozart (La Clemenza di Tito) and Monteverdi (L’Orfeo and The Return of Ulysses), and plays by Goldoni (La Locandiera), Molière (Don Juan) and Marivaux (The Game of Love and Chance, The Triumph of Love, and Changes of Heart). For his ground-breaking scholarly and literary work on Molière and Marivaux he was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2004. The Marivaux translations are published as Marivaux: Three Plays by Smith and Kraus.

An acknowledged master teacher for over a quarter century, he is the James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow and Director of Opera Studies at The Juilliard School and Head of Dramatic Studies for the Met’s Lindemann program. He has overseen the increasing cooperation of these two programs and directed their first co-production last season at Juilliard—The Bartered Bride conducted by James Levine. The two-year Juilliard post-graduate training program, formerly Juilliard Opera Center, is the first intensive acting course for singers. Wadsworth’s students have included Dawn Upshaw, Stephanie Blythe, Mariusz Kwiecien, Nathan Gunn, Kate Lindsey, Michèle Losier, Paul Appleby, and many others.