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Peter Sellars
Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars (born September 27, 1957) is an American theater director, renowned for his modern stagings of classical operas and plays. Sellars is professor of World Arts and Culture at U.C.L.A. where he teaches Art as Social Action and Art as Moral Action. Peter Sellars, US theater and operatic director Source: http://www. ... is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... A theatre director oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production. ... This article is about opera as an art form. ... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the...

Sellars was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Phillips Academy and, subsequently, Harvard University, graduating in 1981. As an undergraduate, he performed a puppet version of Wagner's Ring cycle, and directed a minimalist production of Chekhov's Three Sisters, with mature birch trees on the stage apron at Loeb Drama Center and Chopin Nocturnes played on a concert grand piano seen through a suspended gauze box set. Sellars' production of Antony and Cleopatra in the swimming pool of Harvard's Adams House brought press attention well beyond campus, as did the subsequent techno-industrial production of King Lear which included a Lincoln Continental on-stage and ambient musical moods by the Steel Cello Ensemble. In his senior year, he staged a production of Handel's Orlando at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, which thanks to its highly original modern staging brought him to national attention. After graduating, he studied in Japan, China, and India. Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Phillips Academy (also known as Phillips Andover or simply P.A. or Andover) is a co-educational University preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9-12. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Richard Wagner Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or music dramas as they were later called). ... Der Ring des Nibelungen, (The Ring of the Nibelung), is a cycle of four epic music dramas by the German composer Richard Wagner. ... Anton Chekhov, Russian writer Pavel Chekov, character in Star Trek Chekhov, town in Moscow Oblast, Russia Chekhov, town in Sakhalin Oblast, Russia Chekhovo, health resort in Bashkiria, Russia This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... For other uses, see Three Sisters. ... Anthony and Cleopatra, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema. ... King Lear and the Fool in the Storm by William Dyce (1806-1864) King Lear is a play by William Shakespeare, considered one of his greatest tragedies, based on the legend of King Lear of Britain. ... “Handel” redirects here. ... Handel opera composed in 1733. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Middlesex County Settled 1630 Incorporated 1636 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Kenneth Reeves (D) Area  - City  7. ...

In 1983 and 1984, Sellars served as director of the Boston Shakespeare Company. Among his productions was an influential Pericles, Prince of Tyre. In 1983 he received a MacArthur Foundation award. In 1984, he was named director and manager of the American National Theater in Washington, D.C. at the age of 26, a post he held until 1986. Title page of the 1611 quarto edition of the play Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a play written (at least in part) by William Shakespeare and included in modern editions of his collected plays despite some questions over its authorship. ... The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a major private grant-making foundation based in Chicago that has awarded more than US$3 billion since its inception in 1978. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ...

He was Artistic Director of the 1990 and 1993 Los Angeles Festivals, presenting works of talented artists like the late Iranian director Reza Abdoh, and playwright Frank Ambriz. Reza Abdoh (February 23, 1963, in Tehran, Iran - May 12, 1995 in New York City) Iranian-born American director and playwright who shocked and amazed audiences with his work with the theater ensemble Dar a Luz of such revolutionary productions as Quotations from a Ruined City Workshop, Footsteps in The... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

During his years in Washington, Sellars staged productions of Count of Monte Cristo, the James O'Neill version, a production featuring Richard Thomas, Patti Lupone, David Warrilow, Zakes Mokae, and many other outstanding performers. The production had a set design by George Tsypin, with costumes by Dunya Ramicova, and lighting by James F.Ingalls. He also directed productions of Idiot's Delight by Robert Sherwood and Sophocles's Ajax, as adapted by Robert Auletta. The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. ... There have been two notable people named James ONeill. ... Richard Thomas (born June 13, 1951) is an American actor, best known as John-Boy on the TV series, The Waltons. ... Patti LuPone in her Tony Award winning role as Eva Perón in the Broadway musical Evita. ... Mokae with Donald Sutherland in the film A Dry White Season Zakes Mokae is a South African-born actor. ... George Tsypin is an American (born Dec. ... Idiots Delight is a play by Robert E. Sherwood. ... Robert Emmet Sherwood (4 April 1896–14 November 1955) American playwright, editor, and screenwriter. ... This article is about the Greek tragedian. ... Ajax is a play by Sophocles. ...

Sellars subsequently staged a series of Mozart's operas, Cosi Fan Tutte (set in a diner on Cape Cod), The Marriage of Figaro (set in a luxury apartment in New York City's Trump Tower), and Don Giovanni (set in New York City's Spanish Harlem), in collaboration with Emmanuel Music and its Artistic Director, Craig Smith. The productions were met with great critical acclaim, were televised by PBS, and were later revived in Europe. Così fan tutte is an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. ... Le nozze di Figaro ossia la folle giornata (Trans: ), K. 492, is an opera buffa (comic opera) composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, Le mariage de Figaro (1784). ... Don Giovanni (K.527; complete title: Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni, literally The Rake Punishd, or Don Giovanni) is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...

Sellars's first feature film, The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, was a silent color film starring Joan Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Ron Vawter, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. He was also featured in Jean-Luc Godard's film of King Lear, which he co-scripted. Joan Cusack (born October 11, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress and comedian. ... Peter Killian Gallagher (born August 19, 1955) is a Golden Globe award winning American actor. ... Ron Vawter (December 9, 1948–April 16, 1994) was a founding member of The Wooster Group. ... For the Russian athlete, see Aleksandr Baryshnikov. ... Jean-Luc Godard (French IPA: ) (born 3 December 1930) is a French filmmaker and one of the most influential members of the Nouvelle Vague, or French New Wave. Born to Franco-Swiss parents in Paris, he was educated in Nyon, Switzerland, later studying at the Lycée Rohmer, and the... King Lear is a 1987 film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. ...

Sellars has been invited to the Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals, where he has mounted productions of various 20th century operas, notably Olivier Messiaen's St. François d'Assise, Paul Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, and, with choreographer Mark Morris, the premiere of John Coolidge Adams' and Alice Goodman's Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. Other projects in which he has been involved include stagings of Handel's opera Giulio Cesare and oratorio Theodora, Stravinsky's The Story of a Soldier with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky and Peony Pavillion. The Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele) is a prominent festival of music and drama. ... Glyndebourne is a country house near Lewes in East Sussex, England. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... Olivier Messiaen It has been suggested that List of students of Olivier Messiaen be merged into this article or section. ... Paul Hindemith aged 28. ... “Ligeti” redirects here. ... Mark Morris in 2006 Mark Morris (born: August 29, 1956) is an American modern dancer, choreographer and director whose work is acclaimed for its craftsmanship, ingenuity, humor, and at times eclectic musical accompaniments. ... For the Alaska-based postminimalist composer, see John Luther Adams. ... Alice Goodman is the wife of noted poet Geoffrey Hill. ... Promotional flier for the Nixon in China opera. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Theodora can refer to any of the following: Flavia Maximiana Theodora, daughter of the Roman Emperor Maximian and second wife of the Emperor Constantius I Chlorus. ... Igor Stravinsky. ... The Los Angeles Philharmonic is an American orchestra based in Los Angeles, California. ... Esa-Pekka Salonen ( ) (born June 30, 1958 in Helsinki) is a prominent Finnish orchestral conductor and composer. ... I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky is a 1995 musical/opera written by John Adams, with a libretto by June Jordan. ... English translation published by Indiana University Press The Peony Pavilion (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is a play written by Tang Xianzu in the Ming Dynasty. ...

In 1998, Sellars was awarded the Erasmus Prize for his work combining European and American cultural traditions in opera and theatre. The Erasmus Prize is an annual prize awarded by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organization, to individuals or institutions that have made notable contributions to European culture, society, or social science. ...

One of Sellars' closest musical associates is the composer John Adams. For the Alaska-based postminimalist composer, see John Luther Adams. ...

Most recently, Sellars directed John Adams' Dr. Atomic for the San Francisco Opera and De Nederlandse Opera. This opera about the development of the atomic bomb received mixed reviews. In August, 2006 he directed a staged performance of Mozart's unfinished opera Zaide as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York; the pre-concert discussions were about contemporary slavery and the prospect of abolishing it, as well as Mozart's egalitarianism and opposition to slavery. In late 2006, Sellars also organized the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna, Austria as Artistic Director (the festival was part of Vienna Mozart Year 2006), and directed the premiere John Adams' most recent opera, A Flowering Tree, also in Vienna. For the Alaska-based postminimalist composer, see John Luther Adams. ... Doctor Atomic is an opera by the contemporary minimalist American composer John Adams, with libretto by Peter Sellars. ... San Francisco Opera (SFO) is the second largest opera company in North America. ... De Nederlandse Opera (DNO) is the leading opera company of the Netherlands. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the epicenter. ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was one of the most significant and influential of all composers of Western classical music. ... Zaide is an opera, K. 344, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1780. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ... For other uses, see Vienna (disambiguation). ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was one of the most significant and influential of all composers of Western classical music. ... A Flowering Tree is an opera in two acts composed by John Coolidge Adams with libretto by Adams and Peter Sellars, and commissioned by the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna, the San Francisco Symphony, the Barbican Centre in London, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York...

Sellars will deliver the 2007 State of Cinema Address at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival on Sunday April 29. The Festival is also screening Jon Else's documentary profiling Sellars and the making of Doctor Atomic on Saturday April 28. Sellars will introduce screenings of Mahamat Saleh Haroun's Daratt and Garin Nugroho's Opera Jawa, two of the New Crowned Hope films, on April 29. Mahamat Saleh Haroun (b. ... Daratt (English: Dry Season, French: Saison sèche) is a 2006 film by Chadian director Mahamat Saleh Haroun. ...

Sellars has been no stranger to controversy, often criticized for straying too far from the composer's intention. György Ligeti was deeply upset at Sellars's 1997 production of his Le Grand Macabre at the Salzburg Festival. On the other hand, Kaija Saariaho has stated that Sellars's design for her 2000 opera L'amour de loin was in harmony with her imagination of the set. “Ligeti” redirects here. ... Le Grand Macabre (première 1978) is György Ligetis only opera. ... The Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele) is a prominent festival of music and drama. ... Kaija Saariaho (born October 14, 1952) is a Finnish composer. ...

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Preceded by
Robyn Archer
Director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts
Succeeded by
Sue Nattrass

Gottfried Meyer-Thoss, Extrakte. Peter Sellars - Amerikanisches Welttheater, Parthas Verlag Berlin 2004 The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... Robyn Archer AO CdOAL is an Australian singer, writer, stage and theatre director, artistic director, and public advocate of the arts, mainly in Australia but also internationally. ... North Terrace, Adelaide - Cultural Precinct The Adelaide Festival of Arts is a prestigious arts festival held biannually in Adelaide, South Australia. ...

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Peter Sellars - MSN Encarta (520 words)
Sellars was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Harvard University.
Sellars cast the hero of Don Giovanni as a drug baron in New York City’s Spanish Harlem neighborhood; set Così fan tutte in a seedy diner on Cape Cod; and had Figaro, in The Marriage of Figaro, serving a wealthy master in a luxury apartment at New York City’s Trump Tower.
Sellars sees theater, in the tradition of the Greeks, as a forum for discussion and says that whether people actually like his productions is beside the point.
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