September Seminar: A Very Barrie Kosky Bohème

September 8, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 North Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

5th Floor

Enter at the Artist's Entrance on Grand Avenue across from the Superior Courthouse

Program: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Lunch: 1:15 PM to 2:00 PM

Speakers: Peter Kazaras, Director of Opera UCLA, and Katherine Syer, UCLA School of Music

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Director Barrie Kosky turned heads when his silent-film production of The Magic Flute dazzled audiences in 2013. Now he brings his unique vision to the Puccini classic La Bohème. Our speakers will be former opera singer and stage director Peter Kazaras, Director of Opera at UCLA, and UCLA Associate Professor of Music Katherine Syer.


Peter Kazaras   Katherine Syer

Peter Kazaras

Peter Kazaras is the director of Opera UCLA. During the past fifteen years he has directed over twenty productions for the Seattle Opera, plus productions for Glimmerglass, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, the Julliard School and the Merola Program at San Francisco Opera. At UCLA since 2007, he has directed, supervised or produced over thirty productions during his tenure. Last fall he directed a new production of The Turn of the Screw for Seattle Opera. Upcoming engagements include new productions of The Ghosts of Versailles in the at Chautauqua Opera, Samson et Dalila at Washington National Opera, and he will also direct La Bohème for Seattle Opera. As an operatic tenor, he has performed worldwide at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Vienna State Opera, L’Opéra National de Paris and other venues.

Katherine Syer

Associate Professor Katherine Syer taught opera history and production at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana before recently joining the faculty at UCLA. Her research and teaching have focused on opera staging and design in the 21st century, opera production history and dramaturgy. An active researcher and opera critic (, she has written about the work of many contemporary opera directors and designers, especially during her time as a Humboldt scholar based in Munich and later as a visiting professor in Vienna. Her professional work as a dramaturg includes a new production of Hansel und Gretel for Canadian Opera Company (Toronto, 2020). Her work on Wagner’s creative development and legacy has been published in The Wagner Journal, Musical Quarterly, Wagner and His World, and A Companion to Wagner’s Parsifal. Her monograph Wagner’s Visions: Poetry, Politics and the Psyche in the Operas through Die Walkure appeared in 2014 (Boydell and Brewer).

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