Harry Silverstein

Director
Harry Silverstein
Harry Silverstein, Director

Harry Silverstein premiered a new production of Magic Flute for San Francisco Opera and coproducers in June of 2012. He collaborated with artist Jun Kaneko who is did sets and costumes. The production will be presented in Opera Carolina in January and Opera Omaha in February. Mr. Silverstein directed a revival of Rigoletto for San Francisco Opera in September of 2012, the production opened the season and a performance was simulcast to an audience of 30,000 ar AT&T park. He will be in Houston for a revival of Don Giovanni in January of 2013.

Mr. Silverstein has developed a reputation as one of opera’s most successful interpreters of Mozart. His productions include the Mozart bicentenary DON GIOVANNI for Houston Grand Opera with Thomas Allen, Rene Flemming and Karita Mattila’s first Anna. The production was revived four years later with Bo Skovus and again with Mariusz Kwiecien. Also at Houston, NOZZE DI FIGARO with Patrick Summers, Oren Gradus, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, and Ana Maria Martinez, and again with James Gaffigan and Luca Pisaroni’s debut as the Count Adriana Kucerova debut as Susannah and COSI FAN TUTTE with Nathan Gunn, Richard Croft, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato. At Dallas opera he staged COSI FAN TUTTE and DON GIOVANNI conducted by Graeme Jenkins first with Sergi Leiferkus and then later with Rodney Gilfry. Other Mozart productions include IDOMENEO for Opera Northern Ireland, a staged concert version of COSI with Christof Eschenbach, Carol Vanness and Suzanne Mentzer, and FIGARO with Daniel Barenboim, Dorthea Roschmann and Rebecca Evans and Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail and Cosi Fan Tutte with James Conlon at Ravinia Festival. Other Mozart productions include FIGARO for Washington National Opera, COSI for Utah Opera, FIGARO for Opera Pacific, DON GIOVANNI for Wolf Trap Opera and Chautauqua Opera, and FIGARO, COSI, GIOVANNI, IDOMENEO, and FLUTE for DePaul Opera Theatre.

Harry Silverstein is also well known for contemporary opera production, particularly the work of Philip Glass. His collaborations with Mr. Glass include the European premiere of THE MAKING OF THE REPRESENTATIVE FOR PLANET EIGHT, with libretto by Doris Lessing, at English National Opera with Leslie Garrett and Andrew Shore, Het Muziktheater Amsterdam, and Buhnen der Landeshauptstadt, Keil. Other productions of Glass operas include SATYAGRAHA at San Francisco Opera and Seattle Opera, AKHNATEN for English National Opera and New York City Opera and the South American premiere of FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER for Sala Sao Luiz in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In June of 2001 Mr. Silverstein directed the American premiere of the second collaboration between Mr. Glass and Mrs. Lessing THE MARRIAGES BETWEEN ZONES THREE FOUR AND FIVE at DePaul Opera Theatre, where he is GeneralDdirector. Mr. Silverstein directed the world premier of KING by Stephen Barlow. This opera based on the martyrdom of Saint Thomas was performed in Canterbury Cathedral.

Mr. Silverstein made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut with a production of LA TRAVIATA with Frank Lopardo, Andrea Rost, and Demetri Hvorostovsky, and for directed CARMEN in 2010. His many productions from the standard repertory include LA BOHEME with and Nicola Luisotti, Angela Gheorghiu and Piotr Beczala and RIGOLETTO for San Francisco Opera with Paolo Gavanelli, LA TRAVIATA and RIGOLETTO designed by Michael Yeargan, for Houston Grand Opera, MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Victorian State Opera in Melbourne, Australia and Auckland Opera in New Zealand with Cheryl Barker. At Dallas opera he staged COSI FAN TUTTE, DON GIOVANNI, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOORE with Jerry Hadley and Ruth Ann Swenson, the highly regarded new production of RIGOLETTO with Maureen O’Flynn, Marcus Haddock and Gordon Hawkins, conducted by Andrew Litton. Other productions include IL TROVATORE at Tulsa Opera, TOSCA with Maria Guleghina and LA TRAVIATA conducted by Donato Renzetti for Michigan Opera Theater, SUSANNA and TOSCA with Sylvie Valayre for Opera Pacific, COSI and DER FLEIGENDE HOLLANDER for Utah Opera, SANSON ET DALILA for Opera Omaha, and DON PASQUALE for Opera Mobile.

Mr. Silverstein’s interest in the development of new work includes staging the highly successful world premier of KING the Cathedral Opera on the story of the martyrdom of S. Thomas becket by Stephen Barlow, performed in Canterbury Cathedral. Mr. Silverstein directed the world premier of TONKIN by Conrad Cummings for OperaDelaware. Mr. Silverstein directed the highly regarded production of THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK for Chicago Opera Theatre. Other premier productions include THE BOOR by Donald Grantham, HADLEYVILLE by Robert Moores and Kate Pogue, VIOLA and SLEEPSONG by Gerald Busby and Craig Lucas, and MOMENT OF WAR by Robert Owen.

Mr. Silverstein is Professor of Music and the director of the DePaul Opera Theatre at DePaul University School of Music in Chicago. His productions for DePaul Opera Theatre include L’EGISTO, IDOMENEO, COSI FAN TUTTE, L’ORFEO, MERRY WIDOW, STREET SCENE, DIE FLEDERMAUS, DIDO AND AENEAS, THREEPENNY OPERA, TROUBLE IN TAHITI, THE TALES OF HOFFMANN, THE RETURN OF ULYSSES TO HIS HOMELAND, DON GIOVANNI, ALBERT HERRING, FALSTAFF, LA BOHEME, LA CALISTO, CARMEN, MAGIC FLUTE, MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and TRANSFORMATIONS by Conrad Susa.

A wide ranging interest in all the possibilities of theater encompasses productions of musicals, plays, and operetta. He has directed PICNIC by William Inge, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC by Wendy Wasserstein, OKLAHOMA!, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and THE MIKADO.

Mr. Silverstein served his apprenticeship on the staff at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Houston Grand Opera. During this time he assisted such directors as David Freeman, Jean Pierre Ponnelle, Peter Hall, Ken Russell, Harold Prince and Robert Wilson. Harry Silverstein has developed a reputation as one of opera’s most successful interpreters of Mozart. His productions include the Mozart bicentenary DON GIOVANNI for Houston Grand Opera with Thomas Allen, Rene Flemming and Karita Mattila’s first Anna. The production was revived four years later with Bo Skovus and again with Mariusz Kwiecien. Also at Houston, NOZZE DI FIGARO with Patrick Summers, Oren Gradus, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, and Ana Maria Martinez, and again with James Gaffigan and Luca Pisaroni’s debut as the Count Adriana Kucerova debut as Susannah and COSI FAN TUTTE with Nathan Gunn, Richard Croft, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato. At Dallas opera he staged COSI FAN TUTTE and DON GIOVANNI conducted by Graeme Jenkins first with Sergi Leiferkus and then later with Rodney Gilfry. Other Mozart productions include IDOMENEO for Opera Northern Ireland, a staged concert version of COSI with Christof Eschenbach, Carol Vanness and Suzanne Mentzer, and FIGARO with Daniel Barenboim, Dorthea Roschmann and Rebecca Evans and Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail and Cosi Fan Tutte with James Conlon at Ravinia Festival. Other Mozart productions include FIGARO for Washington National Opera, COSI for Utah Opera, FIGARO for Opera Pacific, DON GIOVANNI for Wolf Trap Opera and Chautauqua Opera, and FIGARO, COSI, GIOVANNI, IDOMENEO, and FLUTE for DePaul Opera Theatre.

Mr. Silverstein lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife Jo Beth, and has two children son Daniel and daughter Elizabeth.