Mar 20, 2021
Stephen Wadsworth, a vital member of Seattle Opera’s artistic family, discussed Handel’s XERXES with Christina Scheppelmann for a radio re-broadcast in March 2021. Wadsworth, who made his debut directing Seattle Opera’s 1985 JENUFA, returned for key productions including Gluck’s ORPHÉE (1988) and IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE (2007) and many of Seattle Opera’s flagship Wagner productions: FLYING DUTCHMAN (1989 & 2007), LOHENGRIN (1994 & 2004), and the RING (2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013). For AMELIA, Seattle Opera’s world premiere in 2010, Wadsworth both directed and created the story. He also directed memorable productions of Molière, Marivaux, Wilde, and Coward for the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Seattle Opera’s first-ever Handel opera, XERXES in 1997, was performed in Wadsworth’s delightful English singing translation.