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DANIEL HELFGOT

DIRECTOR, PUCCINI'S TRILOGY
DIRECTOR, PORGY & BESS

Daniel Helfgot's credits include well over 200 productions of a repertoire of over 100 operas, operettas and zarzuelas from the Baroque to the contemporary. His international credits include productions for the famed Teatro Colón as well as the Teatro Argentino in Argentina, National Opera of Costa Rica, the National Opera of Albania, Aaland in Finland, Dortmund in Germany, Opera Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico, with extended work in Austria, Canada, Sweden, Israel, France, and Italy. In the US he has directed productions for companies from Guam to Maine and from Montana to Florida including such opera companies as Baltimore, Festival Opera (California), Chattanooga, Eugene, Virginia Opera, Utah Opera, Amarillo, Knoxville, Memphis, Shreveport, Orlando, Sacramento, Spring Opera and Western Opera Theater of San Francisco, Utah Festival Opera, among many others.

At age 23, Helfgot joined the resident staff at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he went on to direct several major productions. He also held artistic and production positions for the Opera, Ballet and Symphony seasons at the Teatro Argentino in La Plata where he also directed a wide repertoire from Mozart to Puccini. He was also Producer and Director for the Pennsylvania Opera Theater in Pittsburgh, PA and, as Resident Director and Director of Production for Opera San José, he established all its technical departments, participated in the renovation of its performance venues and created 60 productions in an 18 years tenure.

His work also includes writing, performing, and staging dance, and cabaret shows.

Helfgot directed broadcasts of his own operatic productions for television in Argentina and an award winning production for PBS in the US and he also produced several opera series for Argentine radio networks.

He is also the author of the libretto for the opera The Tale of the Nutcracker, based on a tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann, with music by Craig Bohmler, which premiered in 1999 and is working an a new libretto based on Max Frisch's Andorra.

He has received an Opera Director of the Year award from the Classical Singer Magazine, an Artist Laureate award from Arts Council Silicon Valley and has been honored with the Koret Israel Prize.

Mr. Helfgot is the author of The Third Line: The Opera Performer as Interpreter followed by a revised edition titled The Third Line: The Singer as Interpreter, with a third edition in production, a book widely used by individuals, universities and conservatories.

His teaching record includes a guest professorship at the Musikhochschule of the Vienna University, Austria and the leadership of the Vocal and Vocal Accompanying Programs at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He is constantly in demand throughout US campuses, besides international appearances at the National Academy of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan; the Instituto Superior de Arte, Teatro Colón, Argentina; the Academy of Music in Åland, Finland, etc.

Most recently, Helfgot has staged Carlota, Empress of Mexico, a new opera by Paul Davis and is currently working on a double bill production of Schonberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale. Upcoming projects include a new production of Verdi's Macbeth at the ruins of the fort of San Jeronimo in the UNESCO world heritage site of Portobelo, Panama, overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

 
 
PAST UFOMT SEASONS |

 
2015 Director, La Bohème
2014 Director, Vanessa
2013 Director, Otello
2012 Director, Faust
2011 Director, Don Giovanni
2010 Director, The Barber of Seville
Director, La Traviata
2009 Director, Carmen
2008 Director, Manon Lescaut
2007 Director, Porgy & Bess
2006 Director, La Bohème
 
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