Carl Ratner

Baritone-Director

Biography

BARITONE

In 2013-2014, Carl Ratner staged La Bohème for Harbor Country Opera in New Buffalo Michigan, and sang the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro. He returned to the Twin Cities for Russian Seasons of Minnesota’s collaboration with Voices of Vienna, an evening of “Russian Inspiration in Viennese Operetta,” performing music of Lehár, Kálmán, and Johann Strauss II. In 2014 he is scheduled to sing recitals of Russian song in Washington DC and at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona, Florida, where he will also give a master class. “His performance as Puccini’s [Gianni Schicchi] was a delight—charming, indeed lovable, and nicely sung, too” – Opera Canada  

 

In 2012-2013, Ratner was the featured soloist in a concert honoring the Russian Ambassador to the United States as part of a “Russia Day” celebration in Chicago. He returned to Naples, Florida, to perform the role of Pilate in Bach’s Saint John Passion, as well as the Bass solos in Cantatas 78 and 106 with The Bach Ensemble of Naples. He performed the cycle American Pierrot: A Langston Hughes Songbook, written for him by eminent composer Robert Patterson, at the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, having given the world premiere of the cycle at Western Michigan University the previous year. He directed Pagliacci for Opera at the Acorn in Three Oaks, Michigan and sang the bass solo in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with BeethovenFest in Kalamazoo and Messiah with the Kalamazoo Oratorio Society.

 

In 2011-2012, Baritone Carl Ratner performed the role of the Marquis in La Traviata with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Marullo in Rigoletto for Opera at the Acorn, and the Captain in Eugene Onegin with Opera Naples and the Naples Philharmonic. He sang a program Shostakovich songs at the Russian Cultural Center in Washington DC, and gave recitals in St. Paul, Ft. Myers, and Kalamazoo. He gave master classes at Florida Gulf Coast University, Wheaton College, Chamber Opera Chicago, and at Perugia Summer Music in Italy. He was baritone soloist for the Mass in B-minor with The Bach Ensemble of Naples, Florida.

 

Ratner was awarded a 2010-2011 Fulbright grant to perform in recital, give lectures and master classes, direct an American chamber opera, and research Russian art song at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in the Russian Federation. Upon his return, he toured the United States with a recital of Russian and American songs, including a performance at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of “The Soviet Arts Experience,” a multi-event collaboration organized by the University of Chicago. In 2011 he also returned to the Bach Ensemble of Naples Florida for a mixed program of sacred music as well as two performances of Messiah.

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Other recent engagements include the role of Ping in Puccini’s Turandot with the Kalamazoo Symphony and Sharpless in the same composer’s Madama Butterfly, which he also directed, with the Battle Creek Symphony. Other operatic roles include Papageno in The Magic Flute, John Proctor in The Crucible, Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and the title roles in Verdi’s Falstaff and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

 

His concert work includes Bach’s Magnificat and Mass in A major with The Bach Ensemble of Naples, Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem and Copland’s Old American Songs with the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, and performances of the Fauré Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and David Gillingham’s Lifesongs. His recital programs, remarkable for their breadth and creativity, have included works ranging from Rameau’s Thétis to Bolcom’s Cabaret Songs. He has performed in 13 languages.

 

Ratner’s career also includes over two decades of experience as an opera director. He learned his craft assisting directors at major opera houses including Covent Garden (London), the Metropolitan Opera, Munich Opera, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and the Spoleto Festival in Italy, where he worked with eminent composer Gian Carlo Menotti. From 1994 to 1999 served as Artistic Director of Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago’s second largest opera company. He previously held the same position with Chamber Opera Chicago from 1984 to 1993.

 

He currently serves as Director of Opera and Associate Professor of Voice for the School of Music at Western Michigan University, where he directs the annual opera production and teaches applied voice, opera workshop, vocal literature, and French and German diction. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in music history from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and also participated in an internship in opera, dance, and drama production at The Juilliard School in New York City. He earned a Master of Arts in vocal pedagogy at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and his Doctor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the School of Music at Northwestern University.

Stage Director

Carl J. Ratner’s career includes over two decades of experience as an opera director. He learned his craft assisting directors at major opera houses including Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, Munich Opera, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and the Spoleto Festival in Italy, where he worked with eminent composer Gian Carlo Menotti.

 

He is the recipient of a 2010-2011 Fulbright lecture-research grant to the Russian Federation; he directed Menotti’s opera The Old Maid and the Thief, lectured on American art song, led master classes and appeared in recital at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. In 2012 and 2013 he directed Pagliacci and La Bohème for Harbor Country Opera in Michigan, also performing the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro. “I left with a feeling of exultation….[The production] renews [one’s] faith in the vitality and immortal relevance of opera for the modern world.” – Opera Monthly  (Cosi fan tutte) 

 

In 2010, he returned to Opera Naples to direct The Magic Flute, conducted by Lucy Arner of the Metropolitan Opera. He has previously directed Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, L’enfant prodigue, and Amahl and the Night Visitors for the company.

In 2009, he served as resident opera director for the Bay View Music Festival, staging a critically acclaimed production of The Marriage of Figaro. His much-admired staging of Madama Butterfly has been presented by Cedar Rapids Opera Opera Theatre, the Battle Creek Symphony, Opera at the Acorn in Three Oaks Michigan, and Bellissima Opera as well as Opera Naples.

 

Other productions include The Marriage of Figaro and La Bohème for Cedar Rapids Opera Theater and Susannah for Dupage Opera Theater. Of his staging of Susannah, the local critic wrote, “The production’s dramatic power owes itself to Carl Ratner’s decisive stage direction which never wavers in getting directly to the point….The stage direction becomes a tool to evoke the richly textured life of a town brimming with activity.”

 

From 1994 to 1999 Ratner served as Artistic Director of Chicago Opera Theater, staging numerous productions for the company including The Italian Girl in Algiers, The Tales of Hoffmann, The Grand Duchess of Gérolstein, Ariadne auf Naxos, Gianni Schicchi, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Bon Appétit, and Michael Ching’s brilliant sequel to Gianni Schicchi, Buoso’s Ghost. William Shackelford, critic for the international magazine Opera, called his direction of The Tales of Hoffmann “flawless” and stated that his staging of The Italian Girl in Algiers “revealed a genius for comic timing…. Rossini would have approved.”

 

From 1984 to 1993, he was Artistic Director of Chamber Opera Chicago, staging many repertory staples by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, as well as more unusual fare such as Haydn’s World of the Moon, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, and Lawrence Rapchak’s The Lifework of Juan Diaz, for which Ratner adapted the libretto from the short story and teleplay by Ray Bardbury. Of his staging for the company of Cosi fan tutte, the critic for Opera Monthly magazine wrote, “”I left with a feeling of exultation….[This production] renews [one’s] faith in the vitality and immortal relevance of opera for the modern world.”

 

He currently serves as Director of Opera and Associate Professor of Voice for the School of Music at Western Michigan University, where he directs the annual opera production and teaches applied voice, opera workshop, vocal literature, and French and German diction. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in music history from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and also participated in an internship in opera, dance, and drama production at The Juilliard School in New York City. He earned a Master of Arts in vocal pedagogy at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and his Doctor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the School of Music at Northwestern University.

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Summer Moon CD

Summer Moon

featuring Carl Ratner and Dmitry Chasovitin – now available on
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Reviews

Baritone

 

“His performance as Puccini’s [Gianni Schicchi] was a delight—charming, indeed lovable, and nicely sung, too”

From a tribute by Richard Covello
Reviewer for Opera Canada

“The Acorn’s Papageno was performed by the multitalented Carl Ratner, a singer, director, teacher, and actor–plus a magical flute player.”

Ed Vincent,
Oak Park Journal

“Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Turandot’ was thrilling. Soloists ranged from good to superb. Carl Ratner (Ping), David Wahrmund (Pang) and Peter Tantsits (Pong) sang and acted exceptionally well.

C.J. Gianakaris
Kalamazoo Gazette

Stage Director

 

COSI FAN TUTTE

“I left with a feeling of exultation….[The production] renews [one’s] faith in the vitality and immortal relevance of opera for the modern world.”

Opera Monthly

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

“Stage director Carl Ratner has brought off a perfectly poised performance in which the humor is delicate in its delivery but positively deadly in its satire. He targets these characters for the petty, deceptive fools they are, but the moments of love and passion they share come across as deep and genuine.”

Chicago Tribune

L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI

“Ratner’s direction revealed a genius for comic timing…. Rossini would have approved.”

Opera

FALSTAFF

“The staging by Carl Ratner was superb. Every gesture worked, the comic timing was perfect, and the stage business, though amusing, was never distracting. It perfectly complemented the comic brilliance of Verdi’s score. The screen scene was particularly well handled. I would be overjoyed to see such a clean, good-humored production of (Shakespeare’s) Merry Wives. An opera with this level of theatricality is almost unheard of.”

Gray City Journal
(University of Chicago)

THE TALES OF HOFFMANN

“His English adaptation [was] intelligent and his direction flawless.”

Opera

BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE

“Bluebeard gets a compelling production…. The need for concentrated mood and atmosphere is acutely appreciated and met in Carl Ratner’s ritualistic staging.”

Chicago Tribune

Audio

Korngold – Mein sehnen, Mein Wähnen, Die Tote Stadt,

Rachmaninoff – In the Silence of the Secret Night

Berlin – Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor

Tchaikovsky – It Happened in Early Spring

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FominSong:Those Were the DaysRussian and EnglishRecital RepertoryRussian Seasons of Minnesota
FranckSong:Panis AngelicusLatinOratorio and SacredSt. Mary of the Lake Church
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KorngoldTote StadtFrank: Pierrot's TanzliedGermanOpera and Musical TheaterNorthwestern University, Western Michigan University
Leitch, arr.Kol NidreiHebrewOratorio and SacredTemple Am Shalom, Glencoe
LeoncavalloPagliacciSilvio: AriasItalianOpera and Musical TheaterRecording
LopezAvenue QI Wish I Could Go Back to CollegeAmericanOpera and Musical TheaterBay View Music Festival
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MassenetHérodiadeHérode: Vision FugitiveFrenchOpera and Musical TheaterRecording
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MozartCosì fan tutteGuglielmo: Non siate ritrosiItalianOpera and Musical TheaterNortheastern Illinois University
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MozartNozze di FigaroCount: AriaItalianOpera and Musical TheaterNorthwestern University
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PucciniBohèmeAlcindoro: Complete roleItalianOpera and Musical TheaterHarbor Country Opera
PucciniBohèmeBenoit: Complete roleItalianOpera and Musical TheaterHarbor Country Opera, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
PucciniBohèmeMarcello: Duet: Mimi, tu più non torniItalianOpera and Musical TheaterOpera Naples
PucciniGianni SchicchiSchicchi--complete roleEnglishOpera and Musical TheaterNortheastern Illinois University
PucciniGianni SchicchiSchicchi--complete role (cover)EnglishOpera and Musical TheaterChicago Opera Theatre
PucciniMadama ButterflySharpless: Complete roleItalianOpera and Musical TheaterBattle Creek Symphony Orchestra
PucciniTurandotPing: Complete roleItalianOpera and Musical TheaterKalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
PurcellDuetSound the TrumpetEnglishRecital RepertoryWestern Michigan University
PurcellRejoice in the Lord AlwaysEnglishRecital RepertoryBach Ensemble of Naples, FL European Tour
PurcellSong:Hark, the Echoing AirEnglishRecital RepertoryNorthwestern University, Western Michigan University
PurcellSong:If Music Be the Food of LoveEnglishRecital RepertoryNorthwestern University, Western Michigan University
PurcellSong:Music for a WhileEnglishRecital RepertoryNorthwestern University, Western Michigan University
RachmaninoffAlekoAleko: CavatinaRussianOpera and Musical TheaterRussian Seasons of Minnesota, et al.
RachmaninoffSongs:At the Gates of the Holy CloisterRussianRecital RepertorySaint Petersburg Conservatory of Music
RachmaninoffSongs:Everything PassesRussianRecital RepertorySaint Petersburg Conservatory of Music
RachmaninoffSongs:I Was With Her, God Took EverythingRussianRecital RepertoryNaples Opera Society, et al.
RachmaninoffSongs:In the Silence of the Secret NightRussianRecital RepertorySaint Petersburg Conservatory of Music et al.
RachmaninoffSongs:Lovely Maiden, do not SingRussianRecital RepertorySaint Petersburg Conservatory of Music et al.
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RavelChants populaireChanson HébraïqueYiddishRecital RepertoryMichigan Festival of Sacred Music, et al
RavelDeux Mélodies HebraiqueKaddishAramaicOratorio and SacredMichigan Festival of Sacred Music, et al
RavelDeux Mélodies HébraïqueL'enigme éternelleYiddishRecital RepertoryNorthwestern University
RodgersCarouselIf I Loved YouAmericanOpera and Musical TheaterWestern Michigan University, et al.
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RodgersOklahomaCurly: Duet: People Will SayAmericanOpera and Musical TheaterWheaton College
RodgersOklahomaCurly: Oh What a Beautiful MorningAmericanOpera and Musical TheaterLondon Recital
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RodgersSouth PacificSome Enchanted EveningAmericanOpera and Musical TheaterWestern Michigan University, Mostly Music Chicago
RombergDesert SongOne Alone, Desert SongAmericanRecital RepertoryLondon Recital
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RoremSong:Early in the MorningAmericanRecital RepertoryLondon Recital, et al.
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SullivanGondoliersGondolieriEnglishOpera and Musical TheaterBay View Music Festival
SullivanSong:The Lost ChordEnglishOratorio and SacredSt. Mary of the Lake Church
TchaikovskyDuetEveningRussianRecital RepertorySaint Petersburg Conservatory of Music, Western Michigan University
TchaikovskyEugene OneginCaptain: Complete roleRussianOpera and Musical TheaterOpera Naples
TchaikovskyEugene OneginOnegin: Arias Act I and IIIRussianRussian Seasons of MinnesotaRussian Seasons of Minnesota
TchaikovskySongsNo Answer NowEnglishRecital RepertoryNortheastern Illinois University
TchaikovskySongs, Op. 38:1. Don Juan SerenadeRussianRecital RepertorySaint Petersburg Conservatory of Music, et al.
TchaikovskySongs, Op. 38:2. It Happened in Early SpringRussianRecital RepertorySaint Petersburg Conservatory of Music, et al.
TchaikovskySongs, Op. 38:3. At a BallRussianRecital RepertorySaint Petersburg Conservatory of Music, et al.
TchaikovskySongs, Op. 38:4. O If Only You CouldRussianRecital RepertorySaint Petersburg Conservatory of Music, et al.
TchaikovskySongs, Op. 38:6. PimpinellaItalianRecital RepertoryNorthwestern University, Western Michigan University
TchaikovskySongs, Op. 66. Only the Lonely HeartRussianRecital RepertorySaint Petersburg Conservatory of Music, et al.
TradSong:Danny BoyEnglishRecital RepertoryFuneral
UnknownDuetNim-E O Si nun-gaKoreanRecital RepertoryNortheastern Illinois University
Vaughan WilliamsDona nobis pacemBaritone SolosEnglishOratorio and SacredCedar Rapids Concert Choir
Vaughan WilliamsFive Mystical Songs5. AntiphonEnglishOratorio and SacredSt. Mary of the Lake Church
Vaughan WilliamsHouse of LifeSilent NoonEnglishRecital RepertoryOberlin Conservatory
Vaughan WilliamsSongs of TravelComplete CycleEnglishRecital RepertoryNortheastern Illinois University
VelasquezSong:Besame MuchoSpanishRecital RepertoryBay View Music Festival
VerdiBallo in MascheraRenato: Eri tuItalianOpera and Musical TheaterNorthwestern University, Western Michigan University
VerdiDon CarlosPhilip: Ella giammai m'amoItalianOpera and Musical TheaterAuburn Community Orchestra, Mostly Music Chicago
VerdiFalstaffFalstaff: Complete RoleEnglishOpera and Musical TheaterWestern Michigan University
VerdiNabuccoDio di GiudaItalianOpera and Musical TheaterMichigan Festival of Sacred Music, et al
VerdiRigolettoMarullo--Abridged RoleItalianOpera and Musical TheaterOpera at the Acorn
VerdiRigolettoRigoletto--Act I DuetItalianOpera and Musical TheaterNortheastern Illinois University
VerdiRigolettoRigoletto: QuartetItalianOpera and Musical TheaterWestern Michigan University
VerdiTraviataGermont: Di ProvenzaItalianOpera and Musical TheaterGrand Rapids Vocal Music Workshop, et al.
VerdiTraviataGermont: DuetItalianOpera and Musical TheaterNorthwestern University
VerdiTraviataMarquis--complete roleItalianOpera and Musical TheaterOpera Piccola, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
WagnerTannhäuserWolfram: O du mein holder AbendsternGermanOpera and Musical TheaterAuburn Community Orchestra
WaltonBelshazzar's FeastBaritone SolosEnglishOratorio and SacredNorthwestern University
WardCrucibleJohn Proctor--complete roleAmericanOpera and Musical TheaterNorthwestern University, Chamber Opera Chicago
WardCrucibleJohn Proctor--excerptsAmericanOpera and Musical TheaterWheaton College
WeillDreigroschenoperMacheath: HighlightsGermanOpera and Musical TheaterNorthwestern University
WeillLady in the DarkTschaikowsky and Other RussiansAmericanRecital RepertoryNaples Opera Society
WeillSong:Berlin im LichtGermanRecital RepertoryNorthwestern University, Western Michigan University
WillsonMusic ManSeventy-Six TrombonesAmericanRecital RepertoryLondon Recital, et al.
WolfSongs:Verborgenheit, Auf einer WandrungGermanRecital RepertoryNortheastern illinois University
YonJesu BambinoEnglishOratorio and SacredSt. Mary of the Lake Church
ZehaviEli, EliHebrewOratorio and SacredFuneral

Stage Director

ComposerOperaCompanyDateConductorNotes
BartókBluebeard's CastleChamber Opera Chicago1993Rapchak, Lawrence
BartókBluebeard's CastleChamber Opera Chicago1986Rapchak, Lawrence
BergWozzeckMetropolitan Opera1990Levine, JamesAssistant Director to David Alden
BizetDr. MiracleWestern Michigan University2004Little, David
BizetDr. MiracleNorthwestern University1999Ockwell, Frederick
ChingBuoso's GhostChicago Opera Theater2000Rapchak, Lawrence
CoplandTender LandChicago Opera Theater1995Rapchak, Lawrence
DebussyEnfant ProdigueOpera Naples2006Noll, William
DelibesLakméLyric Opera of Chicago1983Plasson, MichelAssistant to Umberto Fassini
FloydSusannahDuPage Opera Theatre2002Bauer, Harold
FloydSusannahWestern Michigan University2002Park, Chung
GluckAlcesteRoyal Opera, Covent Garden1981Mackerras, CharlesAssistant to Director John Copley, Janet Baker's Farewell
HaydnMondo della lunaChamber Opera Chicago1989Rapchak, Lawrence
HoibyBon AppetitChicago Opera Theater1998Shaindlin, Timothy
HolstSavitriOberlin College Opera Workshop1979Ratner, Carl
LeoncavalloPagliacciOpera at the Acorn (Three Oaks, MI)2012Bauman, Philip
LeoncavalloPagliacciLyric Opera of Chicago1982Molinari-Pradelli, FrancescoAssistant Director to Fabrizio Melano, Zeffirelli production
MassenetWertherChamber Opera Chicago1991Rapchak, Lawrence
MenottiAmahl and the Night VisitorsOpera Naples2006Noll, William
MenottiHelp! Help! The Globolinks!University of Michigan1980Meier, GustavAssistant to Director Gian Carlo Menotti
MenottiHeroChamber Opera Chicago1989Rapchak, Lawrence
MenottiOld Maid and the ThiefSaint Petersburg Conservatory2010Maminova, Daria
MenottiOld Maid and the ThiefWestern Michigan University2004Little, David
MenottiOld Maid and the ThiefNorthwestern University1999Ockwell, Frederick
MonteverdiOrfeoWestern Michigan University2007Steel, Matthew
MooreBallad of Baby DoeChicago Opera Theater1994Taylor, Ted
MozartCosì fan tutteWestern Michigan University2007Little, David
MozartCosì fan tutteChamber Opera Chicago1991Rapchak, Lawrence
MozartCosì fan tutteBerkeley Opera1990Khuner, Jonathan
MozartCosì fan tutteMetropolitan Opera1989Levine, JamesAssistant Director to Pamela McRae
MozartCosì fan tutteChamber Opera Chicago1985Leitch, Stuart
MozartCosì fan tutteMunich Opera1978Sawallisch, Wolfgang Assistant to Director Gian Carlo Menotti
MozartDon GiovanniChamber Opera Chicago1987Rapchak, Lawrence
MozartNozze di FigaroBay View Music Festival2009Cheek, Timothy
MozartNozze di FigaroCedar Rapids Opera Theatre2004Kleinknecht, Daniel
MozartNozze di FigaroWestern Michigan University2003Miller, Joe
MozartNozze di FigaroChamber Opera Chicago1990Rapchak, Lawrence
MozartNozze di FigaroBerkeley Opera1988Khuner, Jonathan
MozartNozze di FigaroChamber Opera Chicago1984Rapchak, Lawrence
MozartNozze di FigaroNew York City Opera1981Pallo, ImreAssistant to Director John Copley
MozartZauberflöteOpera Naples2010Arner, Lucy
MozartZauberflöteWestern Michigan University2009Little, David
MozartZauberflöteChamber Opera Chicago1993Rapchak, Lawrence
OffenbachContes d'HoffmannChicago Opera Theater1999Rapchak, Lawrence
OffenbachGrande Duchesse de GérolsteinChicago Opera Theater1997Vieth, Bradley
OffenbachGrande Duchesse de GérolsteinNew York City Opera1981Almeida, AntonioAssistant to Director Jack Hofsiss
PoulencMamelles de TérésiasEnglish National Opera1981UnknownAssistant to Director John Copley
PucciniBohèmeHarbor Country Opera (New Buffalo, MI)2013Bauman, Philipalso sang Benoit, Alcindoro
PucciniBohèmeCedar Rapids Opera Theatre2002Kleinknecht, Daniel
PucciniBohèmeChamber Opera Chicago1992Rapchak, Lawrence
PucciniBohèmeJacksonville Lyric Theatre1988Nice, Carter
PucciniBohèmeChamber Opera Chicago1983Leitch, Stuart
PucciniGianni SchicchiWestern Michigan University2003Little, David
PucciniGianni SchicchiNorthwestern University2000Ockwell, Frederick
PucciniGianni SchicchiChicago Opera Theater2000Rapchak, Lawrence
PucciniGianni SchicchiChamber Opera Chicago1990Rapchak, Lawrence
PucciniGianni SchicchiChamber Opera Chicago1985Rapchak, Lawrence
PucciniMadama ButterflyOpera at the Acorn2009Torchinskiy, Anatoliy
PucciniMadama ButterflyBattle Creek Symphony Orch2008Harrigan, Annealso sang Sharpless
PucciniMadama ButterflyVillage Players Theatre2007Torchinskiy, Anatoliy
PucciniMadama ButterflyCedar Rapids Opera Theatre2000Kleinknecht, Daniel
PucciniMadama ButterflyChamber Opera Chicago1989Rapchak, Lawrence
PucciniSuor AngelicaNorthwestern University2000Ockwell, Frederick
PucciniSuor AngelicaChamber Opera Chicago1985Rapchak, Lawrence
PucciniTabarroChamber Opera Chicago1993Rapchak, Lawrence
PucciniTabarroChamber Opera Chicago1985Rapchak, Lawrence
PucciniToscaChamber Opera Chicago1991Rapchak, Lawrence
PucciniTritticoChamber Opera Chicago1985Rapchak, Lawrence
PurcellDido and AeneasWestern Michigan University2010Bass, James
RapchakLifework of Juan DiazChamber Opera Chicago1990Rapchak, Lawrence
RavelEnfant et les SortilègesNorthwestern University2001Brown, Dana
RossiniBarbiere di SivigliaChamber Opera Chicago1988Rapchak, Lawrence
RossiniItaliana in AlgeriChicago Opera Theater1996Rapchak, Lawrence
RybeckOval PortraitOberlin College Opera Workshop1980Rybeck, Alex
SchoenbergJakobsleiterSanta Fe Opera1980Baustian, RobertAssistant Director to Bodo Igesz
Strauss, JFledermaus, Act II galaOpera Naples2009Arner, Lucyalso sang Frank
Strauss, R.Ariadne auf NaxosChicago Opera Theater1996Hangen, Bruce
Strauss, R.RosenkavalierEnglish National Opera1981Mackerras, CharlesAssistant to Director John Copley
VerdiErnaniLyric Opera of Chicago1984Renzetti, DonatoAssistant Director to Fabrizio Melano
VerdiFalstaffWestern Michigan University2006Little, Davidalso sang Falstaff
VerdiFalstaffChamber Opera Chicago1992Rapchak, Lawrence
VerdiFalstaffChamber Opera Chicago1987Rapchak, Lawrence
VerdiFalstaffChamber Opera Chicago1986Rapchak, Lawrence
VerdiRigolettoOpera Naples2009Noll, William
VerdiRigolettoMetropolitan Opera1989Panni, MarcelloAssistant Director to Otto Schenk
VerdiRigolettoChamber Opera Chicago1987Rapchak, Lawrence
VerdiTraviataChamber Opera Chicago1988Rapchak, Lawrence
VerdiTraviataChamber Opera Chicago1984Leitch, Stuart
VerdiTraviataEnglish National Opera1981Mackerras, CharlesAssistant to Director John Copley
VerdiTrovatoreMetropolitan Opera1989Levine, JamesAssistant Director to Fabrizio Melano
WeberFreischützNew York City Opera1981Keene, ChristopherAssistant to Director John Copley
Wolf-FerrariSegreto di SusannaChamber Opera Chicago1993Rapchak, Lawrence

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