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October 19, 23, 25, 26, 27, 2013
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The Flying Dutchman, Arizona Opera
November 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, 2013
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Macbeth, Palm Beach Opera
January 24, 25, 26, 2014
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Rigoletto, Colorado Opera
March 15, 18, 21, 23, 2014
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Nabucco, Baltimore Opera
May 9, 11, 2014
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Bernard Uzan

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Bernard Uzan’s extensive background in the Performing Arts includes great achievement as a General Director, Artistic Director, Stage Director, Artist Manager, Set Designer, Librettist, Actor, and most recently, published Novelist.  As a stage director and producer his 375 productions have appeared on the stages of more than 100 opera companies throughout the World in such cities as Buenos Aires, Caracas, Catania, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Mexico City, Miami, Monte Carlo, Palermo, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Santiago, Seattle, Zurich, Toronto, Vancouver, Erfurt, among many others.

In 1982, he directed his first operas with the Lake George Opera (Faust) and with the Opera Company of Philadelphia (La Rondine).  In 1984, he directed Carmen for the Tulsa Opera with Fiorenza Cossotto and Veriano Luchetti, returning the following year for Faust with Neil Shicoff, Samuel Ramey, and Diana Soviero, where upon he was appointed General Director. In 1986, he directed a new production of Romeo et Juliette for L’Opera de Montreal and returned the following year for La Cenerentola before being named General Director.

 

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…testament to the difficulty of putting this work onstage…
Attila- “That the production’s director, Bernard Uzan, felt it necessary to interpolate the scene — which helpfully clarifies the reasons for that young woman’s vengeful rage throughout the rest of the opera — is a testament to the difficulty of putting this work onstage.” The New York Times
…perceptive treatment of the drama…
Macbeth - “Startlingly, blood begins to ooze from the walls during the sleepwalking scene of Bernard Uzan’s production of Macbeth in Seattle…This one sensational moment is effective because of Uzan’s perceptive treatment of the drama elsewhere.”Financial Times
…brough efficiency and humanity…
Cosi fan tutte -“Stage director Bernard Uzan brought efficiency and humanity — and telling subtle touches — to the plot in which two men foolishly bet to test the constancy of their fiancees.”– The Los Angeles Times
…strong sense of momentum and comic timing…
The Marriage of Figaro -“The greatest strength in Saturday’s performances was theatrical. Directed by Bernard Uzan with a strong sense of momentum and comic timing (not to mention a keen eye for the occasional bit of bawdy stage business), the cast offered uniformly crisp, assured acting.”The Baltimore Sun
…deserves great credit…
La boheme -“Bernard Uzan’s stage direction deserves great credit, as do the atmospheric set designs of Allen Charles Klein and the subtle lighting of John Steven Hoey. All worked together for a focused, concentrated impact.”Opera News
Bernard Uzan’s extensive background in the Performing Arts includes great achievement as a General Director, Artistic Director, Stage Director, Artist Manager, Set Designer, Librettist, Actor, and most recently, published Novelist.  As a stage director and producer his 375 productions have appeared on the stages of more than 100 opera companies throughout the World in such cities as Buenos Aires, Caracas, Catania, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Mexico City, Miami, Monte Carlo, Palermo, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Santiago, Seattle, Zurich, Toronto, Vancouver, Erfurt, among many others.

In 1982, he directed his first operas with the Lake George Opera (Faust) and with the Opera Company of Philadelphia (La Rondine).  In 1984, he directed Carmen for the Tulsa Opera with Fiorenza Cossotto and Veriano Luchetti, returning the following year for Faust with Neil Shicoff, Samuel Ramey, and Diana Soviero, where upon he was appointed General Director. In 1986, he directed a new production of Romeo et Juliette for L’Opera de Montreal and returned the following year for La Cenerentola before being named General Director.

He served as General and Artistic Director of L’Opera de Montreal from 1988 to 2002. During his tenure, he brought the company great financial success as well as artistic renown throughout the world. In addition to the more traditional works of Puccini, Mozart, and Verdi, he extended the repertoire to include more obscure pieces by Menotti and Britten and even brought in new works such as Therese Raquin by Tobias Picker and Nelligan by Andre Gagnon.   While there he created new productions of Katya Kabanova, Fedora, Jenufa, Carmina Burana, Don Carlo, Andrea Chenier, Manon Lescaut, Faust, Massenet’s Manon, Peter Grimes, Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci and MefistofeleThese productions have travelled to such companies as Opera de Monte Carlo, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Florida Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Baltimore Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Pacific, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

His new production of Le Nozze di Figaro which he co-designed has been seen with Montreal Opera, Opera Carolina, Michigan Opera Theatre, Baltimore Opera, and Florida Grand Opera.  He also co-designed productions of Manon, Manon Lescaut, Faust, Don Carlo, Andrea Chenier, Boito’s Mefistofele, Carmen, Romeo et Juliette, I Pagliacci, Fedora, Aida, and Suor Angelica that continue to be seen throughout North America.  Additional new productions by Uzan include Macbeth for Seattle Opera and Dallas Opera, La Fanciulla del West for Seattle Opera, Cherubin for L’Opera de Monte Carlo, Three Penny Opera for Arizona Opera, Samson et Dalila for Michigan Opera Theater, L’Elisir d’Amore for the Florida Grand Opera, and Aida for Pittsburgh Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

In the last few seasons alone, he has directed Attila, Carmen, Suor Angelica, and La Voix Humaine at the Seattle Opera; Otello at Palm Beach Opera and Cincinnati Opera; his new production of Faust at Arizona Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, and Austin Lyric Opera; Madama Butterfly with Atlanta Opera and Florida Grand Opera; Pagliacci, Rigoletto, and Tosca at Michigan Opera Theatre; La Voix Humaine/I Pagliacci at Opera Cleveland; Cosi Fan Tutte and Carmen at Opera Carolina; Turandot, Tosca, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Arizona Opera; Carmen, Tosca, and a new production of The Flying Dutchman at Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Il Trovatore and Romeo et Juliette at the New Orleans Opera; Rigoletto at Palm Beach Opera; Faust at Opera Carolina and Madison Opera; a new production of Carmen with Theatre Erfurt in Germanya new production of Les Pecheurs des perles for Opera Carolina, La Boheme for Lyric Opera Baltimore, and Carmen with Opera Lyra Ottawa.

Future engagements include a new production of The Flying Dutchman with Arizona Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre; Macbeth with Palm Beach Opera; Rigoletto with Opera Colorado and Theatre Erfurt in Germany; Nabucco with Lyric Opera Baltimore, and Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre.

Mr. Uzan has added another title to his ever growing and impressive history with opera and the arts, that of librettist. Based upon the original play by Edmond Rostand, which premiered in 1897 in Paris, Mr. Uzan wrote all the prose and storyline in French, maintaining the heart and soul of the original text of Cyrano de Bergerac. He commissioned David DiChiera to compose the music of the piece, which premiered in the fall of 2007 at Michigan Opera Theatre to great acclaim, with subsequent performances at the Opera Company of Philadelphia in 2009 and Florida Grand Opera in 2011.

A native of France, Mr. Uzan is a graduate of the University of Paris, with Ph.D.’s in Literature, Theatrical Studies and in Philosophy. He began his career in the theater as an actor and director, earning recognition and receiving awards as the Best Young Actor, Best Young Director, and Best Director by the concours des jeunes compagnies. While in France, he was the French voice for many Foreign Films, especially American movies including The Graduate, Serpico, and Dog Day Afternoon.

He emigrated to the U.S.A in 1972 where he established French Theater in America, a company which toured for ten years giving 100 performances per year of classic French plays. He also pursued an academic career as Professor of Literature, Acting, and Directing at Wellesley College, Middlebury College, Sarah Lawrence University, and Mount Holyoke College.  On Television, he has starred in special series dramatizing the lives and careers of famous musicians as well as a special guest on the popular soap opera, Search for Tomorrow. He also directed the Interactive Language Learning CD-ROM Who is Oscar Lake? for ESL students, as well as in French, Italian, and German.

In 2008, his first novel in the English language, The Shattered Sky, was published in both French and English by Enigma Books.

 

 

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