Monday, September 22, 2008

The Director

Ron Luchsinger has directed a number of musical productions for Gordon College, dating back to 1994, including Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, Gondoliers, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore & The Pirates of Penzance, Offenbach’s Grand Duchess of Gerolstein and annual evenings of Opera Scenes. He is Director of Productions for Opera North in New Hampshire, where he recently directed productions of Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Mozart's The Magic Flute. He also serves as Artistic Director of Commonwealth Opera in Northampton, MA, where he'll direct Madama Butterfly in November. Other upcoming productions include Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges at the Hartt School.

Ron's directing career is distinguished by the wide range and diversity of his repertory. Recent productions include Puccini's La fanciulla del West, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Handel’s Agrippina, and Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, as well as such standard works as Carmen, La bohème, Il trovatore, Roméo et Juliette, Paglicacci and Don Giovanni. His directing credits include productions for Syracuse Opera, Knoxville Opera, Connecticut Opera, Eugene Opera, Anchorage Opera, Abilene Opera, The Lyric Opera of Dallas, Shreveport Opera, OK Mozart Festival, The California Music Center, Jacksonville Lyric Opera and Amarillo Opera.

Well known as an educator, Ron has served on the faculties of The University of Connecticut and The Hartt School. He has also offered workshops and directed productions for numerous colleges and schools, including SUNY at Stony Brook, Baylor University and Abilene Christian College, The Oxbow School in Vermont and the Vermont Arts in Education Association. He also teaches acting and oversees a Young Director’s program at Opera North. Currently working on a book on directing opera, Ron and Gordon Professor C. Thomas Brooks have co-produced a highly respected instructional video, Singing/Acting/Surviving.

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