Francesca Zambello in conversation with Stephen Brown

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  • Francesca Zambello in conversation with Stephen Brown
    16 November 2021
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Francesca Zambello in conversation

with Stephen Brown

ZOOM WEBINAR: 6.30pm, Tuesday 16th November

 

Francesca Zambello

An internationally recognised director of opera and theatre. Francesca Zambello is currently General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival and Artistic Director of Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. She has also pserved as Artistic Advisor to San Francisco Opera where her varied work as a director includes Der Ring des Nibelungen, and an acclaimed production of Carmen which originally premiered at London’s Royal Opera. Since her American directing debut at the Houston Grand Opera with Fidelio, her new productions have been staged in theatres and opera houses including the Teatro La Fenice, Venice,  the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opera, the Bolshoi, Bavarian State Opera, Covent Garden and Australian Opera. She has been honoured by the  French and Russian governments, also in Japan and Germany, and with the Robert Helpmann Award in Australia. She has won three Olivier Awards, and two Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical and Best Opera.

 

Stephen A. Brown

A Londoner with a degree from the Royal College of Music and a diploma in Stage Management from the London Opera Center, Stephen A. Brown retired in 2017 from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, after a 38-year career. First as Stage Manager for 18 years, responsible for over seventy new productions, revivals and telecasts (including Wagner’s Ring Cycle in 1989/1990), then as Company Manager, with oversight of the artistic budget and scheduling.

During this time, he also worked for a number of major international companies, including the Bolshoi Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater and the Kirov Opera and Ballet. He was a regular judge for the annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Competitions and has been a frequent panelist on the internationally syndicated Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera Radio Quiz. He also wrote and presented the radio introduction to the 2005 broadcast of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. In New York, Brown directed a number of Shakespeare and classical plays Off-Broadway and served as Secretary to the Broadway Equity Stage Managers’ Association. He has also directed a number of operas regionally.

Brown’s English theatre work includes work at London’s Round House, and as Stage Manager at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain under Sir Peter Hall.  He then served as the RNT’s Company Stage Manager for the West End transfer of Julian Mitchell’s play Half Life starring Sir John Gielgud, as well as for the Annual George Devine Gala at the Royal Court Theatre with Sir Laurence Olivier, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Dame Maggie Smith and other theatrical luminaries.

Between 2005 and 2014, Brown worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State, twice visiting Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, was well as for the Arts Council of Mongolia in Ulaan Baatar, and for the U.S. Consulate in Ekaterinburg in Russia’s Ural Mountains. He spent two summers teaching and directing Mozart operas at Italy’s Amalfi Coast Festival, and still (pre-Covid) regularly lectures on cruises of the Rhine and Danube rivers. He has offered lectures and master-classes on opera and singing at a number of American universities and conservatories, the Freie Universität in Berlin, and at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

 

All tickets for this online event are £5 but free for students/under 30s (with proof of status).  Please register your interest below and you will be sent a Zoom link in good time for the lecture, probably during the previous day. (Please do not contact us for the link unless it has not been received immediately before the lecture is due to begin.) NOTE: Joint members intending to watch this lecture together only need to register once.

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