FSU Opera Workshop Scenes


Opera scenes were some of my first experiments with directing. My first scene began during the final semester of my first Master's Degree when I directed the Prunier/Lisette scene from La rondine. I initially agreed to direct the scene out of pure curiosity, but eventually it became clear that this was something I would be interested in full-time. During that same semester, I interviewed for the directing program and was offered an assistantship to stay at FSU and learn a completely new trade.

My scenes tended to be a mix of passion projects mixed with assigned scenes. I most enjoyed scenes which allowed me to demonstrate the depth of operatic repertoire (A Streetcar Named DesireDie schöne Galathée) or pure comedy scenes (Le nozze di FigaroThe Most Happy Fella). Still, I learned a great deal from dramatic, romance scenes, especially those by French composers (Werther,  Roméo et Juliette). However, the biggest lesson was learning how to direct different people and develop their approach as well as my own. Over the course of five semesters, I worked with over 30 singers and six music directors, which came with many adjustments from person to person and scene to scene. It also challenged all of the directors to make scenes click with an audience with limited visual representation, which I believe enhanced our ability to share stories.

Spring 2018

  • Werther ("Werther! Werther!")
  • The Mikado ("Three little maids," "I am so proud," "Brightly dawns our wedding day," "The flowers that bloom in the spring," "There is beauty in the bellow of the blast!"

Fall 2017

  • Roméo et Juliette ("Va! Je t'ai pardonné")
  • Die schöne Galathée (Ach mich zieht's zu dir)
  • La favorita ("Ah! Leonora, il guardo sì mesto a che piegar")

Spring 2017

  • Alcina ("Le lusinghe gl'inganni"/"Non è amor, né gelosia")
  • Axur, re d'Ormus ("Du hast mir dein Eid gesprochen")
  • Candide (Finale)
  • La clemenza di Tito ("Quello di Tito è il volto!")
  • Falstaff (Act I, Sc. 2)
  • The Most Happy Fella ("Abbondanza")

Fall 2016

  • Le nozze di Figaro ("Tutto ancor non ho perso"/"Via resti servita")
  • A Streetcar Named Desire ("Blanche!" "Stella, Oh Stella!")
  • Street Scene ("I don't know Sam")
  • Susannah ("Little Bat, what you doin' here?"

Spring 2016

  • La rondine ("T'amo! Menti!")


Full scenes may be requested via the contact page, and permission will be granted on a case-by-case basis by the director.