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date: 21 January 2020

Wadsworth, Stephenlocked

  • Patrick O’Connor

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(b Mt Kisco, ny, April 3, 1953). American director, librettist and translator. He began his career as a journalist, then worked as a stage director and as artistic director of Skylight Opera in Milwaukee, where his first production was L’incoronazione di Poppea (1982), followed by Orfeo and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. For Bernstein he wrote the libretto of A Quiet Place (1983), which he also directed at La Scala and in Vienna. His productions of Gluck’s Orphée (1988, Seattle), and Handel’s Xerxes (1985, Milwaukee), Alcina (1987, St Louis) and Partenope (1988, Omaha) all furthered his concern with the modern interpretation of Baroque opera. He has also translated Monteverdi’s Orfeo and the three Handel works mentioned, and has given classes at many American colleges; he was Head of the Opera Program at the Manhattan School of Music in 1991. His work for the stage is distinguished by a concern for the clarity of story-telling, a preference for opera in English and an awareness of trends in other artistic fields. Other productions include ...

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