A Talk by the International Opera Director and Visionary
on “Joy & Resistance: Art, Creativity and Civil Society”
We welcome everyone to join us for this free event
Location: Stevie Eller Dance Theater
The UA campus
1737 E. University Blvd.
Date: Monday, December 20, 2010
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Renowned theater, opera, and festival director Peter Sellars is one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the performing arts in America and abroad. A visionary artist, Sellars is known for groundbreaking interpretations of classic works. Whether it is Mozart, Handel, Shakespeare, Sophocles, or the 16th-century Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, Peter Sellars strikes a universal chord with audiences, engaging contemporary social and political issues.
Sellars has staged operas at the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Netherlands Opera, Opéra National de Paris, the Salzburg Festival, San Francisco Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, among others, establishing a reputation for bringing 20th-century and contemporary operas to the stage, including works by Olivier Messiaen, Paul Hindemith, and György Ligeti. Sellars has been a driving force in the creation of many new works with longtime collaborator John Adams, including Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, El Niño, and Doctor Atomic.
Recent Sellars projects have included a staging of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex/Symphony of Psalms for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Sydney Festival; a production of Shakespeare’s Othello performed in Vienna, Bochum, Germany, and New York; and a critically acclaimed staging of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra seen in Salzburg and Berlin.
Sellars has led several major arts festivals, including the 1990 and 1993 Los Angeles Festivals; the 2002 Adelaide Arts Festival in Australia; and the 2003 Venice Biennale International Festival of Theater in Italy. In 2006 he was Artistic Director of New Crowned Hope, a month-long festival in Vienna for which he invited international artists from diverse cultural backgrounds to create new work in the fields of music, theater, dance, film, the visual arts, and architecture for the city of Vienna’s Mozart Year celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.
Sellars is a professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and Resident Curator of the Telluride Film Festival. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Erasmus Prize, the Sundance Institute Risk-Takers Award, and the Gish Prize, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.