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Johnathon Pape

Director of Opera Studies

The dynamic and eclectic work of Johnathon Pape crosses many borders. Known as a director, writer, teacher, coach and frequent consultant for artistic projects spanning many disciplines, Pape joined The Boston Conservatory in the fall of 2011 as director of opera studies.

As a director, Pape's career spans theater, musical theater and opera, and he has staged a wide range of productions throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recent work includes Dead Man Walking and La Traviata for Tulsa Opera; La Fille du Regiment for Dayton Opera; Le Nozze di Figaro, The Secret Garden, Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and Lee Hoiby's This Is The Rill Speaking (original cast recording on Albany Records) for Eastman Opera Theatre. Career highlights include the world premiere of Griffelkin by Lukas Foss for New York City Opera; the U.S. premiere of Daniel Catan's La Hija da Rappaccini for San Diego Opera; the Los Angeles premiere of Richard Greenberg's Eastern Standard; Terrence McNally's Master Class for HaBimah, the National Theater of Israel; Leos Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen and Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos for Tulsa Opera; Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney for an Irish Arts Festival; the Los Angeles premiere of Shirley Lauro's A Piece of My Heart, about the women who served in Viet Nam -- a special installation production mounted in the Los Angeles National Cemetery; Janacek's Jenufa for Portland Opera; and Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd for Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee. His directorial credits also include such diverse productions as The Taming of the Shrew, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Evita, La Boheme, Tartuffe, Ain't Misbehavin', Don Giovanni, Trelawney of the “Wells," Street Scene and The Most Happy Fella.

Pape has frequently participated in the development of new works, directing workshops of Josephine, a musical about the life of Josephine Baker, and PoeSCrypt, a musical about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Edgar Allan Poe. He has a special affinity for the Czech repertoire, having received a Fulbright Research Grant in opera and theater to the Czech Republic in 1994. He is a long-standing member of SDC (Stage Director and Choreographer's Society) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists). He is a member of Opera America's Singer Training Forum, a body of various stakeholders within the professional opera community who are committed to providing the best training available to the next generation of operatic artists.

Pape recently served as associate director of Eastman Opera Theatre at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

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