The Juilliard Opera season concludes with a production of W.A. Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, an opera buffa in four acts conducted by Gary Thor Wedow and directed by Stephen Wadsworth.
Featuring Takaoki Onishi (Count Almaviva), Alexsandra Razskazoff (Countess Rosina Almaviva), Ying Fang (Susanna), Thesele Kemane (Figaro), Virginie Verrez (Cherubino), Ewa Plonka (Marcellina), Önay Kose (Bartolo), Miles Mykkanen (Basilio), Aaron Mor (Don Curzio), Liv Redpath (Barbarina), Tyler Zimmerman (Antonio)
Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has established an enviable reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, orchestras, and festivals throughout North America. He debuted with the New York Philharmonic in 2012 conducting Handel’s Messiah and returned in 2013-14 for the same work. A frequent guest of Seattle Opera, some of Mr. Wedow’s recent successes there include the double bill of Poulenc’s La voix humaine and Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Gluck’s Orphée, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Recently, Mr. Wedow conducted The Magic Flute with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the world premiere of Paul Richards and Wendy Steiner’s Biennale at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and Messiah for the Seattle Symphony. In 2014, he led J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour with Juilliard415 in Aiken, South Carolina and Spivey Hall in Morrow, Georgia, culminating in an Alice Tully Hall concert. He also conducted Don Pasquale for Arizona Opera; The Abduction from the Seraglio for Utah Opera; and Don Giovanni for Seattle Opera. Mr. Wedow has appeared regularly with Wolf Trap Opera and The Berkshire Choral Festival, most recently for the Haydn Missa in tempore belli in Salzburg. He has been a member of Juilliard’s faculty since 1994 and has led performances there of L’incoronazione di Poppea, La finta giardiniera, Ariodante, and most recently, Don Giovanni.
Stephen Wadsworth’s 2013-14 season included the final mounting of his Ring cycle for Seattle Opera, and the premiere of his translations of Beaumarchais’ plays The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. He has directed theater and opera all over the world, including, in recent seasons, Master Class on Broadway and in the West End, the Aeschylus Agamemnon at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, and the world premiere of Amelia (for which he wrote the story) in Seattle. Mr. Wadsworth is the James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow at The Juilliard School, and director of its advanced training program for singers, the first-ever intensive acting course for singers. He is also head of dramatic studies for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has three productions in the repertoire—Rodelinda, Iphigénie en Tauride, and Boris Godunov. His translations of Marivaux and Molière earned him a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government, and he was also a 2013 Playwrights Fellow at Sundance Theatre Lab and a Harman/Eisner Artist-in-Residence at The Aspen Institute. Mr. Wadsworth wrote the opera A Quiet Place with Leonard Bernstein.