one of the most elegant and imaginative shows seen in New York this season.
Opera News, F.Paul Driscoll
Grand opera–lavish in scale, setting and voices–certainly has its place, but, oh, the joys of hearing Cavalli and Faustini’s bawdy, early baroque charmer LA CALISTO in a theatre with fewer than 100 seats! The Juilliard Opera did just that, at their Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theatre, in a superbly directed and choreographed production by Zack Winokur that also boasted Juilliard415, the school’s period instrument ensemble, conducted by early music specialist Stephen Stubbs. The production not only proved a great showcase for the singers, dancers and instrumentalists but for the opera itself, which is still infrequently heard and should be better known.
Broadway World, Richard Sasanow
Stage director, Choreographer, Dancer, Zack Winokur, born in Boston, Massachusetts is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Concord Academy. A dynamic range of activities in the 2017-18 season includes a new production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Cincinnati Opera, an immersive pairing of Gluck’s Orfeo and Matthew Aucoin’s Orphic Moment at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, Monteverdi’s Ballo delle Ingrate with William Christie at Juilliard, and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam. He choreographs Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Dutch National Opera in a new production by Lotte de Beer, Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie at Juilliard in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth, remounts Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba at the Festival Ljubljana, and gives masterclasses at the Dutch National Opera Academy.Read More
Zack Winokur’s most recent production seen in New York City, Cavalli’s Venetian baroque masterpiece La Calisto for The Juilliard School, was hailed as ‘one of the most elegant and imaginative shows seen in New York this season’ in Opera News and garnered rave reviews in a plethora of other publications including The New York Times and Vogue as well as receiving a nomination for Best Production of the Year in Opernwelt, the only American production to be nominated. He has contributed to music video The Virus for A Tribe Called Red, as well as to productions for the Salzburger Landestheater and National Sawdust (Orphic Moments); Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Grand Theatre de Luxembourg, (Svadba– European Premiere); La Nuova Musica at St. John’s Smith Square (Dido and Aeneas); Luminato Festival (A Study on Effort) – named one of the top three shows in Toronto by The Globe and Mail in 2016; Opera Omaha (A Flowering Tree); Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, La Monnaie, Aldeburgh Music, Dutch National Opera, (Les Mamelles de Tirésias); Central City Opera (Der Kaiser von Atlantis); Juilliard Opera (Le nozze di Figaro, Il turco in Italia, Der Kaiser von Atlantis); the Royal Opera House (Most of the Boys – World Premiere); International Contemporary Ensemble (Mesh– World Premiere); the Museum of Arts and Design (Triptych– World Premiere); and has re-staged Episode 31 by Alexander Ekman for the Joffrey Ballet.
Zack Winokur has choreographed for film with Academy Award-nominated director Mike Figgis, collaborating on Burlington Project, a commission from the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and Dancing on Glass with pianist Rosey Chan and fashion house Boudicca that was exhibited in Paris, London, Beijing, Tokyo, and Barcelona. His choreography also has been seen at David Lynch’s Club Silencio and the Centre Pompidou for the opening of A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival as well as for choreographic installations that took over the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden over the course of days.
The artist has curated shows at the 92nd St. Y and both has programmed and has been commissioned to make several new interdisciplinary works for The Juilliard School. In 2014-15 Zack Winokur was the fourth recipient of the Marcus Institute Opera Directing Fellowship at The Juilliard School under the mentorship of Stephen Wadsworth. He was nominated for a United States Artist Fellowship in 2013, awarded a Jerome Robbins New Essential Works grant in 2012, and in 2011, with Ted Huffman, received a “Best Opera Direction” nomination in Opernwelt for Henze’s El Cimarrón.
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Juilliard Opera: La CalistoVideo
A Tribe Called Red: Virus
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