Marc Verzatt

VerzattStage Director
Bio

Bio
Lecturer in Voice and Opera. A stage director, Mr. Verzatt maintains an active career directing opera, operetta, and musical theater throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. He began his theatrical career as a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera after studying drama at Rutgers University and ballet with New Jersey’s Garden State Ballet. After several seasons as a soloist with the MET Ballet, he left to continue his education in production as a stage manager with the Cincinnati Opera and Pittsburgh Opera companies.

He made his professional directing debut with a production of Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Columbus. He has since directed productions with the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and the opera companies of Fort Worth, Lake George, Madison, Arizona, Toledo, Atlanta, Kansas City, Baltimore, Idaho, and Mississippi.

He joined the faculty of Yale University’s School of Music Graduate Opera Program, where he directs the Acting and Movement workshops. He has directed several Yale Opera productions, including Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (in which he appeared in the role of Puck) for Orchestra Verdi in Milan, as well as the programs mainstage productions, including a new production of “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” in February 2013.  In 2005 he was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera for a speaking role in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. In 2006 he was named Outstanding Stage Director of the Year by Classical Singer magazine.

Résumé
Current:
Yale University Opera Program – Stage Director – 2002- present
– Acting and Movement Workshops
– Lecturer in Opera

Directing Experience:
Opera Naples – Cosi fan tutte – 2015
Cincinnati Opera – Madama Butterfly – 2014
Nickel City Opera – Tosca – 2014
Toledo Opera – Turandot – 2012
Boston Youth Symphony – Macbeth – 2011
Don Giovanni – 2010
Westminster Choir College – Pélléas et Mélisande – 2010
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges – 2009
L’Enfant Prodigue – 2009
Il Re Pastore – 2009
Yale Opera – Die Zauberflöte – 2009
Die Fledermaus – 2008
Utah Opera – 8 Songs for a Mad King – 2008
New Jersey Opera – Roméo et Juliette – 2008
Westminster Choir College – La Clemenza di Tito – 2008
Yale Opera – La bohéme – 2007
Oreste – 2007
Cincinnati Opera – Tosca – 2007
Toledo Opera – Roméo et Juliette – 2007
Boheme Opera of New Jersey – Il Trovatore – 2007
Lyric Opera of Kansas City – Les Pêcheurs des Perles – 2007
North Carolina Symphony – Le nozze di Figaro – 2007
New Jersey Opera – Chérubin – 2006
Arizona Opera – L’Italiana in Algieri – 2006
Sinfonia Giuseppe Verdi, Milan – Il Trittico – 2006
L’Enfant Prodigue – 2006
L’Enfant et les Sortiléges – 2006
Les Mamelles de Tirésias – 2006
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires – Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra – 2006
Yale Opera – Les Mamelles de Tirésias – 2006
L’Enfant Prodique – 2006
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges – 2006
Sinfonia Giuseppe Verdi, Milan – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 2006
The Fairy Queen – 2006
Yale Opera – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 2005
Boheme Opera, New Jersey – l Tabarro, Gianni Schicchi – 2005
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires – Elizabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra – 2005
New Jersey Opera – Albert Herring – 2005
Arizona Opera – The Mikado – 2005
Lyric Opera of Kansas City – Lucia di Lammermoor – 2005
Yale Opera – Le Médécin Malgré Lui – 2004
Palm Beach Opera – Hansel and Gretel – 2004
Opera Carolina – Nabucco – 2004
Boheme Opera of NJ – Rigoletto – 2004
Atlanta Opera – Carmen – 2004
– Salome – 2003
Yale Opera – Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi – 2003
Arizona Opera – Tosca – 2003
Lyric Opera of Kansas City – Roméo et Juliette – 2003
Atlanta Opera – Salome – 2003
Opera Company of North Carolina – Carmen – 2002
Arizona Opera – The Merry Widow – 2002
Toledo Opera – Sweeney Todd – 2002
Atlanta Opera – Falstaff – 2001
Lake George Opera Festival – Ariadne auf Naxos – 2001
Così Fan Tutte – 2000
Madama Butterfly – 2000
Toledo Opera – Die Zauberflöte – 2000
Academy of Vocal Arts – Don Giovanni – 2000

Related Experience:
Metropolitan Opera, New York City – Ariadne auf Naxos (Major-Domo) – 2006
Sinfonia Giuseppe Verdi, Milan – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck) – 2006
Lake George Opera Festival – Co-Artistic Director – 1999-2001
Ariadne auf Naxos (Major-Domo) – 2001
Austin Shakespeare Festival – Much Ado About Nothing – 1997
Lyric Opera of Chicago – Assistant Stage Director – 1990-96
Lyric Opera Center for American Artists – Acting and Movement coach – 1990-96
Stadttheater Aachen – Assistant Stage Director – 1985-88
Starlight Halle, Bochum – Starlight Express (Resident Director) – 1988-89

Recognition/Awards:
Classical Singer Magazine – Stage Director of the Year – 2006