Dr. Ariane Helou, who made her LA Opera debut with The Anonymous Lover (2020), is a dramaturg, translator, and scholar of early modern drama and music. She has been a company member of the Santa Cruz Shakespeare festival since 2012, where she served as dramaturg on Henry VI Part 1, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, The Liar, and The Mandrake. Other regional dramaturgy credits include Gunshot Medley: Part 1 at Rogue Machine Theatre (Los Angeles) and Master Class at The Jewel Theatre (Santa Cruz). Dr. Helou was a faculty member at UCLA (French & Francophone Studies) and UC Santa Cruz (Theater Arts, Classical Studies, and French); has held fellowships from the Huntington Library, the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others; and has published research on Shakespeare and early modern Italian drama and music. She is also a performing artist whose background spans early music, theater, and opera. She is Associate Artistic Producer of the Los Angeles-based choral ensemble Artes Vocales and Dramaturg/Producer of the theater company Collaborative Artists Bloc. Learn more at ArianeHelou.com.

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