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Iain Bell ( Composer )
Born in London, Iain Bell is best known for his vocal music (both opera and song) and has developed a close artistic relationship with Diana Damrau, for whom he has written various works including the opera A Harlot’s Progress (2013, Theater an der Wien). Other notable works include his second opera A Christmas Carol (2014, Houston Grand Opera, starring Jay Hunter Morris and directed by Simon Callow); the orchestral song cycle A Litany in Time of Plague; and the chamber song cycles Day Turned into Night, The Undying Splendour, and These Motley Fools. His concert works have been performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Munich Opera Festival. Recent highlights include a new production of A Christmas Carol; the world premiere of his third opera In Parenthesis (with performances at the Royal Opera House); and the Carnegie Hall-commissioned song cycle of you, a setting of e.e. cummings's poetry written for American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. World premieres in the 2018-19 season include Aurora: Concerto for Coloratura Soprano at the BBC Proms with Damrau and the RLPO; his orchestral song cycle The Hidden Place with the LSO conducted by Maestro Noseda; and his fourth opera Jack the Ripper at ENO with a cast including Dame Josephine Barstow, Susan Bullock, Lesley Garrett, and Alan Opie conducted by Martyn Brabbins
Mark Campbell ( Librettist )
Mark Campbell’s work as a librettist is at the forefront of the current contemporary opera scene in this country. The fifteen-plus librettos he has written—and the five new operas he premiered in 2017—demonstrate a versatility in subject matter, style, and tone, an adeptness at creating successful work for both large and intimate venues. The composers with whom he collaborates represent a roster of the most eminent composers in classical music, and include three Pulitzer Prize winners. Mr. Campbell’s most-known work is Silent Night, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music and is one of the most frequently performed operas in recent history. After its premiere at Minnesota Opera, the work was broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances and continues to be produced by many opera companies around the country. His other successful operas include As One, Later the Same Evening, Volpone, Bastianello/Lucrezia, The Manchurian Candidate, The Inspector, Approaching Ali, A Letter to East 11th Street, and most recently, The Shining.
Leonard Foglia ( Director )
In opera, Leonard Foglia has directed the world premieres and subsequent stagings of Moby-Dick (Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, where it was filmed for PBS); Everest (Dallas Opera); Cold Mountain (Santa Fe Opera); The End of the Affair (Houston Grand Opera); Three Decembers (HGO); and It’s a Wonderful Life (HGO). His production of Dead Man Walking was produced by New York City Opera and has been seen across the United States as well as Teatro Real in Madrid. For Broadway, he directed Master Class, Wait Until Dark, Thurgood (filmed for HBO), The People in the Picture, On Golden Pond, and The Gin Game. Off-Broadway credits include Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes From The Field (filmed for HBO) and Let Me Down Easy (filmed for PBS), One Touch of Venus at Encores!, The Stendhal Syndrome, and If Memory Serves. As a librettist, he wrote (and directed) El Pasado Nunca Se Termina/The Past Is Never Finished, with composer José “Pepe” Martínez, which premiered at Lyric Opera of Chicago; A Coffin in Egypt with composer Ricky Ian Gordon, which premiered at HGO; Cruzar la Cara de la Luna/To Cross the Face of the Moon with composer Martínez, which premiered at HGO and has played across the county as well as Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Carolyn Kuan ( Conductor )
Recognized as a conductor of extraordinary versatility, Carolyn Kuan has enjoyed successful associations with top tier orchestras, opera companies, ballet companies, and festivals worldwide. Her commitment to contemporary music has defined her approach to programming and established her as an international resource for new music and world premieres. Appointed Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2011, she has signed a renewal contract extending their creative collaboration through May 2022. Ms. Kuan’s North American engagements have included performances with the symphonies of Baltimore, Detroit, Milwaukee, Omaha, San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto; the Florida and Louisville orchestras; the New York City Ballet; the Colorado Music Festival and Glimmerglass Festival; New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, and a recent premiere of Philip Glass’s The Trial with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. International engagements have included the Bournemouth Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, National Symphony of Taiwan, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Danish Ballet, and the West Australian Symphony. Highlights of the 2018/2019 season include debuts with the Singapore Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Portland Opera. While maintaining a solid connection with traditional repertoire, Carolyn Kuan has cultivated a unique expertise in Asian music and contemporary works, collaborating with composers on provocative projects in a variety of settings. Some of her finest successes have bridged the gap between cultural and social issues. Recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Kuan holds the distinction of being the first woman to be awarded the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship in 2003, resulting in her residency at the 2004 Salzburg Festival. She graduated cum laude from Smith College and received a Master of Music from the University of Illinois, as well as a Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory.