Stage Directors

R. B. Schlather

"A new production of the opera [Dr. Atomic] this month by the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia is more effective than all that I’ve seen before, due to the unusual direction by R. B. Schlather."
Opera Critic, March 2017

"In fact, though, it was as deeply moving and disturbing an opera performance as I’ve heard this season, thanks to a subtle but devastating staging by director R. B. Schlather."
New York Observer, August 2016

"Schlather’s eye for space and movement help retain the story’s foothold in myth…the opera is framed with restraint, and in ways that allow it to sound its own distinctive, mesmerizing voice."
Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe, November 2015

"The open rehearsals would have been enough. But the final product was so winning — as touching and delightful as the very touching and delightful “Alcina,” if not more so — that it redoubled the gift Mr. Schlather has given the New York cultural scene."
Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, April 2015

"The staging but great physical demands on the singers, who climbed and crawled on, over, around and under the playing area. It is to Mr. Schlather’s immense credit that all this activity felt utterly organic. If there’s one word to sum up the whole ORLANDO experience, it’s “style.” Everything fit, everything worked together…opening the mind to the infinite possibility of performance."
James Jorden, New York Observer, May 2015


Artist and Opera director R. B. Schlather (b. 1986, Cooperstown, USA) is recognized for his innovations in the presentation of opera performance. His work is increasingly located in fine art spaces in dialogue with larger themes about Opera production, process, and access. He has been described as “having a gift for drawing our vivid performances” (New York Times), and an “ability to demolish the barriers of propriety and politeness that seem to plague much of traditional operatic experience (Opera Today).”

Upcoming performances include his debut with Wolf . . .

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