Photo by Bridget Elliot

Photo by Bridget Elliot

Chas Rader-Shieber, director


Known both for his bold and inventive productions and for his acute musical instincts, Chas Rader-Shieber has established himself as one of the most innovative opera directors of his generation. Reviewing his staging of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen Toronto’s Classical 96.3 FM praised Mr Rader-Shieber’s “daring and visionary approach to staging” and declared him “a force to be reckoned with in the opera world.” Mr Rader-Shieber’s repertoire encompasses a broad range of works from Monteverdi to Benjamin Britten, but he has made a particular specialty of Baroque opera.

In the 2017-2018 season Mr Rader-Shieber debuts with Kentucky Opera for Ariadne auf Naxos and returns to Des Moines Metro Opera for Rusalka and Portland Opera for Gluck’s Orfeo. Future seasons include a return to Pinchgut Opera.

Other recent work includes a new production of La traviata with Boston Lyric Opera,  Lehar’s Die lustige Witwe for Staatstheater Darmstadt, Handel’s Tolomeo for Glimmerglass Opera, Tamerlano for Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera, and Don Giovanni for Santa Fe Opera. His work has been seen at the opera companies of Houston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Vancouver, the New York City Opera, and the Spoleto Festival, among others. Internationally he directed Faust for the Macau Festival, and made a return to Pinchgut Opera in Australia for their production of L’amant jaloux.

Having made a specialty of 17th and 18th century operas, he has directed Mozart’s Idomeneo, La Clemenza di Tito, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Il re pastore, and Così fan tutte, and Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Semele, Ariodante, Acis and Galatea, Imeneo, Alcina, Xerxes, and Partenope, Tolomeo, and Flavio as well as works of Monteverdi, Cavalli, Purcell, Charpentier, and Gluck. He also enjoys a wonderful relationship with the Curtis Institute of Music, where he has directed over 26 operas.

Chas directed David & Jonathan (2008) and Giasone (2013) and L'Amant Jaloux in 2015 and will be directing Hasse's Artaserse in 2018 for us.