Aspen Opera Theater Season 2015

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I was in Aspen, Colorado again this summer to design for Aspen Opera Theater Center’s summer season! It was a very good festival this year and being in Aspen is always a great time. Check out these news stories on our work this season:

Huffington Post article on Cosi Fan Tutte (with some great photos):

Aspen Times on Cosi Fan Tutte

Aspen Times bit on the singers in Romeo and Juliette

Seen and Heard international on Cosi Fan Tutte: and RandJ:

Aspen Times bit about the Double Bill:

An article about the Double Bill (The Cows of Apollo and the Classical Style):

More info from this years Aspen Music Festival Program Book:

Thanks to everyone I worked with in Aspen for all their hard work this season! I am so proud of the work we produced together, and as always Aspen is a beautiful place to spend the summertime!

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Das Land des Lächlens at Manhattan School of Music in Opera News!


Click here to read a review of Das Land des Lächlens I just designed at Manhattan School of Music from Opera News Magazine!

“Kudos, then, to Dona D. Vaughn, artistic director of opera at Manhattan School of Music, for bringing back Franz Lehár’s delectable but little-seen Das Land des Lächlens as a Senior Opera Theater production, and for doing it with such a light, sensitive touch. Working with student singers in a bare-bones performance space on a small budget, she successfully evoked a sense of what made the Silver Age of Viennese operetta so appealing…"

"Lehár wraps the story in one exquisite melody after another; it is easy to see from this score why the man was known as the Puccini of operetta. At the April 3 performance in Manhattan School of Music’s Ades Performance Space, the audience, at least half of which was made up of young people, seemed thoroughly taken with this relic of bygone times. It helped that Vaughn wisely chose to have the spoken dialogue delivered in English and the sung numbers in the original German with supertitles…"

"Set and Lighting designer Kate Ashton effectively suggested the East-vs.-West atmosphere with minimal resources; Summer Lee Jack’s costumes helped set the colorful tone…" 

Photo by Brian Hatton.

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