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Stephen Wadsworth

 
Bio:
Stephen Wadsworth’s productions of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Wagner’s Ring cycle, a series of Marivaux comedies, and plays and operas by Shakespeare, Molière, Handel, Goldoni, Mozart, Shaw, Wilde, and Coward, have established him as a master of the classical repertoire and one of the most ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Stephen Wadsworth’s productions of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Wagner’s Ring cycle, a series of Marivaux comedies, and plays and operas by Shakespeare, Molière, Handel, Goldoni, Mozart, Shaw, Wilde, and Coward, have established him as a master of the classical repertoire and one of the most ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director
 
[West End, 2012]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2011]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director

Writing

Adaptor

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Stephen Wadsworth, Alexandra Silber, Sierra Boggess, Tyne Daly, Clinton Bradhagen, Je Photo

Stephen Wadsworth, Alexandra Silber, Sierra Boggess, Tyne Daly, Clinton Bradhagen, Jeremy Cohen and Garrett Sorenson

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Stephen Wadsworth, Alexandra Silber, Sierra Boggess, Tyne Daly, Clinton Bradhagen, Je Photo

Stephen Wadsworth, Alexandra Silber, Sierra Boggess, Tyne Daly, Clinton Bradhagen, Jeremy Cohen and Garrett Sorenson

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Date:
07/08/2011
Stephen Wadsworth and Francesca Faridany Photo

Stephen Wadsworth and Francesca Faridany

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07/08/2011

 

Stage

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director

[West End, 2012]
Director

[Broadway, 2011]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director

Writing
Adaptor

Stephen Wadsworth Biography

Stephen Wadsworth’s productions of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Wagner’s Ring cycle, a series of Marivaux comedies, and plays and operas by Shakespeare, Molière, Handel, Goldoni, Mozart, Shaw, Wilde, and Coward, have established him as a master of the classical repertoire and one of the most influential directors in the American theater. He has directed plays by John Guare (Dallas Theatre Centre), Beth Henley (Roundabout), Terrence McNally (Kennedy Center) and Anna Deavere Smith (Long Wharf) and during the 1990s reintroduced the work of Marivaux to the U.S. in a series of translations and productions of three plays (published by Smith and Kraus as Marivaux: Three Plays). His new translation of Molière’s Don Juan (Shakespeare Theatre, Old Globe, Seattle Rep, McCarter) reimagined a lost text and excited great interest in the French academy, and the French government named him a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He has also translated and adapted theater works by Monteverdi, Goldoni and Handel, and worked as writer and Dramaturg on many new operas and plays, including A Quiet Place, just produced at New York City Opera, which he wrote with Leonard Bernstein. This season he directs a new Boris Godunov at the Metropolitan Opera, stages The Bartered Bride in a Met-Juilliard collaboration, revives Iphigénie en Tauride at the Met, and brings his production of McNally’s Master Class to the Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway, starring Tyne Daly. He also worked with Ms. Daly, and Delroy Lindo, on the Aeschylus Agamemnon at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles. Wadsworth has directed opera for the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, the Edinburgh Festival, and in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Santa Fe and Seattle, where his famous Ring will be revived in 2013. Wadsworth is The James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he leads the advanced training program for singers, and Head of Dramatic Studies at the Metropolitan Opera.




Stephen Wadsworth News

Village Theatre Announces New Leadership With New Artistic Director and First-Ever Ma Photo Village Theatre Announces New Leadership With New Artistic Director and First-Ever Managing Director
by Grace Cutler - Jul 8, 2022

Village Theatre announces Adam Immerwahr (Washington DC’s Theater J) as its next Artistic Director and Laura Lee (Seattle’s ArtsWest) as its first-ever Managing Director.

OPERA America Offers Glimpses Into American Opera Over Past Half-Century In Newly Rel Photo OPERA America Offers Glimpses Into American Opera Over Past Half-Century In Newly Released Oral History Project
by Stephi Wild - Jun 23, 2022

OPERA America invites opera appreciators and professionals to explore a new collection of anecdotes, memories, and reflections on the past half-century of opera in the United States.

Casts Announced for B.R.O.K.E.N CODE B.I.R.D SWITCHING World Premiere & More Berkshir Photo Casts Announced for B.R.O.K.E.N CODE B.I.R.D SWITCHING World Premiere & More Berkshire Theatre Group
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 7, 2022

Berkshire Theatre Group and Kate Maguire have announced casting for shows in BTG’s Early Summer 2022 Season. The full season will feature B.R.O.K.E.N code B.I.R.D switching, a world premiere play and recipient of an NEA Grants for Arts Projects Award and more.

Lucille Lortel Theatre Announces Winners of 3rd Annual NYC Public High School Playwri Photo Lucille Lortel Theatre Announces Winners of 3rd Annual NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 8, 2022

The Lucille Lortel Theatre is pleased to announce the recipients of the 3rd Annual NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship, created as an opportunity for aspiring young writers citywide to get unparalleled access to professional theater artists for mentoring. The Fellows and Finalists of the program represent every borough of NYC. Each aspiring playwright submitted an original 10-minute play, and was judged by the following panel of playwrights and directors: Preston Burger, Gethsemane Herron, A.J. Muhammad, Cherry Lou Sy, and Gabriel Vega Weissman. Plays were chosen based on dramatic structure and the playwright's individual voice.  

BWW Review: Dazzling RODELINDA Proves the Met's Not Too Big To Handle Handel Photo BWW Review: Dazzling RODELINDA Proves the Met's Not Too Big To Handle Handel
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 14, 2022

If Friday night’s performance of Handel’s RODELINDA sometimes seemed like it was never going to end--it was quickly approaching the witching hour by the time the curtain calls were over, having started at 7:30--it certainly wasn’t the fault of the cast but Handel himself and librettist Nicola Haym. With ornamentation galore and da capo arias that strung phrases along one time after another (and a plot to make your head spin), it set challenges for everyone on stage, both musically and dramatically. And they were certainly up to it.

Elza van den Heever to Star in RODELINDA at The Met Photo Elza van den Heever to Star in RODELINDA at The Met
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 8, 2022

Handel’s Baroque drama Rodelinda returns to the Met for the first time in more than a decade, with five performances March 11–27. Soprano Elza van den Heever makes her Met role debut singing the title character in one of Handel’s most successful operas, based on the life of a seventh-century queen in the northern Italian kingdom of Lombardy.

The Huntington Announces Loretta Greco as Artistic Director Photo The Huntington Announces Loretta Greco as Artistic Director
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 15, 2022

Chairman David Epstein and President Sharon Malt, on behalf of The Huntington’s Board of Trustees and Advisors, announced today the appointment of acclaimed stage director, producer, and community builder Loretta Greco as The Huntington’s next Norma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director.

Sasha Cooke to Replace Jamie Barton as Eduige in The Met's RODELINDA Photo Sasha Cooke to Replace Jamie Barton as Eduige in The Met's RODELINDA
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 3, 2022

Sasha Cooke will sing Eduige in all performances of Handel's Rodelinda this season, replacing Jamie Barton, who is now singing Eboli in the Met's new production of Verdi's Don Carlos, as previously announced.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At René Pape In BORIS GODUNOV At The Met Opera Photo VIDEO: Get A First Look At René Pape In BORIS GODUNOV At The Met Opera
by Stage Tube - Oct 6, 2021

Don’t miss bass René Pape in Stephen Wadsworth’s landmark production of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece, on stage through October 17 and live in cinemas on October 9. Sebastian Weigle conducts.

BWW Review: The Met's Short Version of BORIS is Good-Enough for Me Photo BWW Review: The Met's Short Version of BORIS is Good-Enough for Me
by Richard Sasanow - Sep 30, 2021

The Lady or the Tiger? In this case, both are Mussorgsky’s BORIS GODUNOV—just different versions of it. Which is the preferred one? (Or, more properly, “the preferred one of several,” including one that the composer’s friend, Rimsky Korsakov, fiddled with after his death.) The Met chose Mussorgsky's original, and shorter, version for its revival of the composer's most famous opera this season.

Stephen Wadsworth Videos

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Julliard's HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At Julliard's HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE
by Alan Henry - Apr 20, 2018

Juilliard's Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts presents Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera, Hippolyte et Aricie, conducted by Stephen Stubbs and directed by Stephen Wadsworth with choreographed by Zack Winokur. The opera features singers from Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, Juilliard Historical Performance's period-instrument ensemble Juilliard415, and dancers from Juilliard's Dance Division. 

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes - THE FIGARO PLAYS in Rep at the McCarter Theatre Center
by Stage Tube - Apr 11, 2014

The McCarter Theatre Center presents two all-new adaptations of Pierre Beaumarchais' comic masterpieces that inspired Rossini and Mozart's operas: The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. Filled with material rarely seen by modern theatregoers (due to being cut by censors for the operas), The Figaro Plays will contain fresh surprises, unexpected laughs, and new insight for 21st century audiences. Click below to go behind the scenes with the cast and creative team!

STAGE TUBE: Merry Christmas from MASTER CLASS' Sierra Boggess and Alexandra Silber!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 25, 2011

MASTER CLASS starred Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess (coming back to Broadway in REBECCA) as Sharon Graham and Drama Desk Award winner Alexandra Silber as Sophie De Palma. The two reprised their roles to send a Christmas greeting - see it below!

STAGE TUBE: MASTER CLASS Opens at West End's Vaudeville Theatre
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 8, 2011

Theatre and Opera director Stephen Wadsworth's new production of Terrence McNally's Master Class starring Tyne Daly as the legendary opera soprano Maria Callas is to transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre following its critically acclaimed, sell-out run on Broadway. Master Class, produced in the West End by Max Cooper, Maberry Theatricals, the Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group, Ted Snowdon and Sonia Friedman Productions in association with the Manhattan Theatre Club, will run at the Vaudeville Theatre for 14 weeks only from 21 January to 28 April, with press night on 7 February 2012. Set design is by Thomas Lynch, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting by David Lander and sound by Jon Gottlieb. Tickets are now on sale for Master Class and further casting will be announced shortly.

STAGE TUBE: MASTER CLASS Cast Prepares to 'Meet' Maria Callas
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 3, 2011

The Manhattan Theatre Club's new Broadway production of MASTER CLASS by Terrence McNally, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, opened last night, July 7, to praise at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. In the video below, the cast of the show prepares to 'meet' Maria Callas in a spoof that features Jekyll & Hyde's 'This is the Moment.'

BWW TV: MTC's MASTER CLASS - Performance Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 5, 2011

Manhattan Theatre Club's new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's MASTER CLASS, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, opens tomorrow, July 7. Performance highlights have been released and appear below!

STAGE TUBE: Terrence McNally Talks MASTER CLASS and Power of Opera
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 17, 2011

Manhattan Theatre Club's new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's MASTER CLASS, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, began previews tomorrow at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The limited engagement will open Thursday, July 7. Click below to hear all about Master Class from playwright McNally!


Stephen Wadsworth Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Stephen Wadsworth written?
Stephen Wadsworth has written 1 shows including Don Juan (Adaptor).