Photo by Bridget Elliot

Photo by Bridget Elliot

Stage director Chas Rader-Shieber’s recent work includes new productions of Lehár’s The Merry Widow for Staatstheater Darmstadt, Handel’s Tolomeo for Glimmerglass Opera, Tamerlano for Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, Rinaldo for Porland Opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio for Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera, and Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers for Opera Philadelphia. His work has been seen at the opera companies of Houston, St Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Vancouver and Santa Fe, New York City Opera and the Spoleto Festival, among others.

Having made a specialty of 17th- and 18th-century operas, he has directed Mozart’s Idomeneo, La clemenza di Tito, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Il re pastore, and Così fan tutte, and Handel’s Rinaldo, Julius Caesar, Semele, Ariodante, Acis and Galatea, Imeneo, Alcina, Xerxes, Partenope, Tolomeo and Flavio, as well as works of Monteverdi, Cavalli, Purcell, Charpentier and Gluck.

Upcoming are new productions of The Abduction from the Seraglio for Utah Opera, La traviata for Boston Lyric Opera, and a revival of his production of Orlando for Hobart Baroque.


Chas directed David & Jonathan (2008) and Giasone (2013) for Pinchgut. He will be directing L'Amant Jaloux in 2015 for us. 


This bio taken from the last program in which Chas appeared.