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Peter Kazaras

Peter Kazaras

Peter Kazaras

Director

Stage Director Peter Kazaras currently serves as Director of Opera and Music Theater at UCLA. Previously, he was the Seattle Opera’s Artistic Advisor and Artistic Director of the Young Artist Program. Earlier in his career, he received worldwide acclaim as an operatic tenor, performing at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Vienna, among many others.  Recently he re-appeared on stage to sing Abe Kaplan in Chautauqua Opera’s production of Street Scene; plus Emperor Altoum in Turandot and Duchesse de Crakenthorp in The Daughter of the Regiment at Seattle Opera. 

In addition to his work at UCLA, he recently directed The Consul for Seattle Opera, a critically-acclaimed new production of Cendrillon with the Juilliard School, returned to the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera to direct The Rape of Lucretia; and directed the world premiere of a revised version of An American Tragedy for The Glimmerglass Festival. The 2014/15 season sees Kazaras direct La Bohème for the Dallas Opera and in a new production for Washington National Opera, the Seattle Opera world premiere of An American Dream by Jack Perla, and a double bill of Gianni Schicchi and The Medium at San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. Additionally, he was invited to give master classes for the Washington National Opera Young Artists in the fall.

Of a recent production of Norma with the Seattle Opera, The Seattle Times said “his direction was remarkably good, theatrical and natural at the same time.” Likewise, of a production of The Marriage of Figaro for the Seattle Opera Young Artist program, he was praised for his “robust and lively” direction and his “clever, fast-paced staging” with reviewers noting that “Staging [The Marriage of Figaro] is a considerable challenge, one to which Kazaras adroitly rises. A dozen sly little gestures quickly establish character — and you can see every one of those gestures in the intimate ambience of the theater.”

Over the past 15 years, he directed over 20 productions for Seattle Opera’s main stage and Young Artists Program, plus productions for Opera Cleveland, Madison Opera, Eos Orchestra, Red: {an Orchestra}, the Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Santa Fe Pro Musica and festivals at Cabrillo and Caramoor. He has directed at educational programs such as Merola at San Francisco Opera Center, the Wolf Trap summer program, the Chautauqua Institute Voice Department, the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Hartt College of Music, and Florida State University.  At UCLA since 2007, he has directed, supervised or produced over twenty productions during his tenure. 

A frequent panelist on the Toll Brothers Metropolitan Opera Quiz, Mr. Kazaras is also in demand as a judge for international competitions.   He has adjudicated all three iterations of the International Wagner Competition at Seattle Opera. He was a judge for the first Elardo International Competition.

Stage Director Peter Kazaras currently serves as Director of Opera and Music Theater at UCLA.  Previously, he was the Seattle Opera’s Artistic Advisor and Artistic Director of the Young Artist Program. Earlier in his career, he received worldwide acclaim as an operatic tenor, performing at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Vienna, among many others.  Recently he re-appeared on stage to sing Abe Kaplan in Chautauqua Opera’s production of Street Scene; plus Emperor Altoum in Turandot and Duchesse de Crakenthorp in La fille du régiment at Seattle Opera. 

 

In addition to his work at UCLA, he recently directed The Consul for Seattle Opera, a critically-acclaimed new production of Cendrillon with the Juilliard School, returned to the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera to direct The Rape of Lucretia; and directed the world première of a revised version of An American Tragedy for The Glimmerglass Festival. The 2014-2015 season sees Kazaras direct La bohème for The Dallas Opera and in a new production for Washington National Opera, the Seattle Opera world première of An American Dream by Jack Perla, and a double bill of Gianni Schicchi and The Medium at San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. Additionally, he was invited to give master classes for the Washington National Opera Young Artists in the fall. 

 

 

Of a recent production of Norma with the Seattle Opera, The Seattle Times said “his direction was remarkably good, theatrical and natural at the same time.” Likewise, of a production of Le nozze di Figaro for the Seattle Opera Young Artist program, he was praised for his “robust and lively” direction and his “clever, fast-paced staging” with reviewers noting that “Staging [Le nozze di Figaro] is a considerable challenge, one to which Kazaras adroitly rises. A dozen sly little gestures quickly establish character — and you can see every one of those gestures in the intimate ambience of the theater.”

 

Over the past fifteen years, he directed over twenty productions for Seattle Opera’s main stage and Young Artists Program, plus productions for Opera Cleveland, Madison Opera, Eos Orchestra, Red: {an Orchestra}, the Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Santa Fe Pro Musica and festivals at Cabrillo and Caramoor. He has directed at educational programs such as Merola at San Francisco Opera Center, the Wolf Trap summer program, the Chautauqua Institute Voice Department, the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Hartt College of Music, and Florida State University.  At UCLA since 2007, he has directed, supervised or produced over twenty productions during his tenure. 

 

A frequent panelist on the Toll Brothers Metropolitan Opera Quiz, Mr. Kazaras is also in demand as a judge for international competitions.   He has adjudicated all three iterations of the International Wagner Competition at Seattle Opera. He was a judge for the first Elardo International Competition

Productions at LA Opera

  • La Boheme

    La Boheme