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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 18th, 2012, 05:03 PM
I'll be interviweing acclaimed young American operatic stage director Thaddeus Strassberger, who has directed operas on both sides of the pond (might be an interesting interview subject to tell us more about the differences in staging between European and American productions). I know him a bit from reputation but haven't seen any of his productions. I'd like to ask here if anybody has seen them and could post here with mini-reviews, hints on what to ask him, any other suggestion for questions. Thanks. What follows is the list of his past productions and a couple of upcoming ones.



Production Chronology





2012





Nabucco

G. Verdi

Washington National Opera




Le roi malgré lui [TD]E. Chabrier

Bard Summerscape




I due Foscari

G. Verdi

Los Angeles Opera




Nabucco

G. Verdi

Minnesota Opera




Le roi malgré lui [TD]E. Chabrier

Wexford Festival Opera




2011





La fanciulla del West

G. Puccini

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck




The Rape of Lucretia [TD]B. Britten

Norwegian National Opera




2010





Fidelio

L. Beethoven

Opera Boston




Der ferne Klang [TD]F. Schreker

Bard Summerscape




Turandot

G. Puccini

Theater Augsburg




Hamlet [TD]A. Thomas

Washington National Opera




2009





Le Nozze di Figaro

W.A. Mozart

Norwegian National Opera




Les Huguenots [TD]G. Meyerbeer

Bard Summerscape




2008





La fanciulla del West

G. Puccini

L'opera de Montreal




Ariadne auf Naxos [TD]R. Strauss

Wolf Trap Opera




La Traviata

G. Verdi

Arizona Opera




[TD="width: 200"]Die Zauberflote W.A. Mozart

Arizona Opera




2007





Orfeo ed Euridice

C.W. Gluck

Theater Augsburg




[TD="width: 200"]Aida G. Verdi

Lyric Opera of Kansas City




La gazzetta

G. Rossini

Rossini in Wildbad




[TD="width: 200"]La cenerentola G. Rossini

Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden




2006





[TD="width: 200"]Die Zauberflote W.A. Mozart

Utah Opera




Hamlet

A. Thomas

Lyric Opera of Kansas City




[TD="width: 200"]La cenerentola G. Rossini

Opera Ireland




2005





[TD="width: 200"]Rigoletto G. Verdi

Opera Colorado

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 19th, 2012, 01:25 AM
This interview has been scheduled for Monday, May 21, at 12:30 PM ET.
So, if anybody has suggestions for questions, it's the time to post them, which will be much appreciated.

Aksel
May 19th, 2012, 07:04 AM
I haven't seem any of the productions, although I'm going to see his Rape of Lucretia in Oslo next season.
Just looking really quick at some of his productions, it's rather apparent that he's generally on the 'safer' traditional side of things (speaking only visually, of course), but there are some updates here and there.
Could you ask him what it is that makes him update operas, and also vice versa, what makes him not update certain operas?
And how does he feel about the word Konzept?


Just thought of one more question:
How does working in the US differ from working in Europe?

Soave_Fanciulla
May 19th, 2012, 10:56 AM
Does he start by listening to the music, reading a synopsis, or the libretto? What guides his approach?

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 19th, 2012, 05:14 PM
I've incorporated the above suggestions.
I've sent the questions to him, so, no need for more suggestions.

HarpsichordConcerto
May 20th, 2012, 12:38 AM
Does he view early operas as "museum pieces", and what staging philosophy does he adhere to bring early operas "relevant" to us modern folks?

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 20th, 2012, 07:29 AM
Too late. The questions have been sent already. But I already have a question that touches on this, since he has directed a Glück opera.