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Ben

Ben

Robinson

Director

Ben Robinson is the Artistic Director of Raylynmor Opera (New Hampshire) and Opera Ithaca (New York), as well as the Managing Director of Lyric Fest (Philadelphia). As a stage and film director, his work is highlighted by new productions for which he also wrote new English libretti:  Madame Butterfly, Macbeth, Hansel and Gretel, The Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus, Bastien and Bastienne, The Impresario, La Cenerentola, and Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon.

 

Recent projects include a fashion world inspired production of La Cenerentola for Salt Marsh Opera and Raylynmor Opera, Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Ithaca, and the world premiere of Sally Lamb McCune’s We Wear the Sea Like a Coat with Ithaca College. His “moving, visually daring” (Opera News) film production of Hansel and Gretel featured his English translation which was cited for how its “amusing new lines so perfectly match the music that you can’t imagine how the original German must have fit.”

 

Ben's film production of Bastien and Bastienne, with his original English libretto setting the action in the social media-obsessed present, was released in March 2021 and subsequently streamed at the Arlington International Film Festival. He directed and edited a film release of Pagliacci for Raylynmor Opera in October 2020 and directed Gianni Schicchi for Opera Ithaca, which OPERA magazine heralded as the "deftest use... of Covid-era technology as part of modern operatic reality." He was announced as a 2021 recipient of the Ewing Arts Award, which celebrates the diversity and excellence of artists in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.

 

Projects for the 2022-2023 season include directing stage productions of Nabucco for the inaugural Opera Ithaca Festival, a soap-opera inspired Così fan tutte with Cedar Rapids Opera, new productions of The Impresario and The Pirates of Penzance for Ithaca College, Hänsel und Gretel with Temple University, and Orpheus in the Underworld with Opera Ithaca and Raylynmor Opera.

 

Other directing highlights include Gianni Schicchi, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Iolanthe, Suor Angelica, La Tragédie de Carmen, and The Medium (Amarillo Opera, aired on Panhandle PBS).

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