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Announcing summer artistic team

By March 5, 2014May 6th, 2014Opera


Conductor: Lidiya Yankovskaya (an upstate native)

What galvanized the entire production was the high level of the music making. Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya, who is also music director of Juventas New Music Ensemble and Harvard’s popular Lowell House Opera, is a skillful and incisive musician, and she got an exciting, accomplished performance from her small orchestra. ” -Lloyd Schwartz, Pulizer Prize winner for Criticism (New York Arts)





Director, Marriage of FigaroPatrick Hansen

Mr. Hansen has been on the musical staffs of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pittsburgh Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Memphis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, The Juilliard Opera Center, and Glimmerglass Opera as well as being the Director of Artistic Administration for Florida Grand Opera during the opening of the 500 million dollar downtown Miami arts centre.

The former director of the Young American Artist Program at Glimmerglass Opera, Mr. Hansen recently presented masterclasses and coachings with the Young Artists of Virginia Opera and returned to the Kennedy Center for his fourth collaboration as stage director with the Washington Chorus’ “Essential Verdi”. Future productions include directing L’Elisir d’amore for Eugene Opera, Rameau’s Venus and Adonis for Opera McGill,Little Women for Ithaca Opera and Fille du Regiment for Fargo-Morehead Opera.


kirkDirector, Gianni Schicchi: Kirk Jackson

Jackson has performed on and off Broadway and throughout the U.S. in nearly 200 productions, including the world premieres of Terrance McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion! (Broadway), Doug Wright’s Quills (New York Theater Workshop) and Interrogating the Nude (Yale Rep.), David Lindsay-Abaire’s Wonder of the World (Woolly Mammoth, D.C.), Samuel Beckett’s one-man Stirrings Still (Center Stage, Baltimore) and the US premiere of Timberlake Wertenbaker’sThree Birds Alighting on a Field (Manhattan Theater Club). He directed the US premiere of Howard Barker’s Uncle Vanyaand has assisted Belgian director Ivo van Hove on groundbreaking productions at New York Theater Workshop: More Stately MansionsHedda GablerMisanthrope and The Little Foxes. Jackson’s other directing credits include, Legends!,The InternationalistRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Take Me Out (2005 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Production) at Studio Theatre, Washington DC; The Busy World is HushedKiss of the Spider WomanNickel and Dimed, and Gray’s Anatomy at Actorstheatre, Phoenix, AZ (multiple Zoni Awards and nominations); Strange Interlude at Washington Shakespeare Co. (two Helen Hayes Award nominations); Take Me Out and ‘ART’ at Capital Rep. in Albany andThe English American (Best of Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe Festival). For the MFA program at the Old Globe Theatre (USD) he has directed TartuffeThe Importance of Being EarnestUncle VanyaAn Absolute Turkey and Six Characters in Search of an Author. A founding member of the Obie Award winning Cucaracha Theater, Jackson has taught and directed at Princeton, NYU, and CalArts. BA, Binghamton University (Don A. Watters Award for outstanding achievement); MFA, Yale School of Drama (Carol Dye Award for outstanding achievement as an actor). Jackson has taught at Bennington since 2001.

Alix Jones

Founder and Artistic Director of Hubbard Hall Opera Theater