|Emmy Award winning director
Sonja Frisell is widely regarded as one of the foremost stage directors
working today. Regularly engaged by the most important European and
American opera companies, Ms. Frisell has mounted productions for the
Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Covent
Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Rio
de Janiero, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro
dell'Opera in Rome, Teatro Regio in Turin, Theatre de la Monnaie in
Brussels, Geneva Opera, Paris Opera, Bregenz Festival, Teatro Liceo in
Barcelona, Festival of Montepulciano, Houston Grand Opera, Washington
Opera, Seattle Opera, Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Centre in
Ottawa, Dallas Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Opera Company of
Philadelphia, Montreal Opera, Ottowa Opera, Calgary Opera, Edmonton
Opera, Tulsa Opera and Manitoba Opera.
Recently Ms. Frisell directed a production of 'Salome' for Arizona Opera and will return to La Scala for 'L’occasione fa il ladro'. In previous seasons, Ms. Frisell has directed productions such as 'Don Carlo' in Chicago and Washington DC, 'La Gioconda' and 'La Cenerentola' at La Scala, 'Un ballo in maschera' in Bologna, 'Maometto II' and 'Khovanschina' in San Francisco, 'La forza del destino', 'Otello', and 'Die Zauberflöte' in Washington DC, 'Elena da Feltre' at the Wexford Festival, 'Turandot' in Trieste and Calgiari, 'Eugene Onegin' with the Arizona Opera, and 'L'italiana in Algieri' at Covent Garden, San Francisco, and in Verona.
A protégé of famed director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Ms. Frisell received an Emmy Award in 1990 for the television broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's production of 'Aida', a production that will be seen in the MET's High Definition cinema broadcasts in the fall of 2009 with Violeta Urmana, Dolora Zajick (also seen in the original Emmy-winning broadcast), Johan Botha, Giancarlo Guelfi, Roberto Scandiuzzi, and conducted by Daniele Gatti.
-- Bio and photo from the CAMI website
This interview was recorded on the telephone.
article was written early in 1987 for Nit
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