Before working at Peabody for the first time in 2004, stage director Garnett Bruce had already developed a reputation in this area with acclaimed productions of La Cenerentola, La Clemenza di Tito and Street Scene at Wolf Trap. He began his musical training as a choirboy at the Washington National Cathedral and subsequently earned internships with Harold Prince for his 1990 production of Faust at the Metropolitan Opera and with Leonard Bernstein for his performances and recording of Candide. More recently, he has worked with Francesca Zambello in several productions and with David Hockney, whose production of Turandot he restaged to open the 2002 season at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. His recent productions elsewhere have included L’elisir d’amore, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aïda, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Jenufa, and Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree in places as far flung as Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, Palm Beach, San Diego, and San Francisco.
Garnett Bruce has already directed three productions at Peabody as a guest artist: Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio in 2004, the world premiere of the Benjamin/Brunyate opera The Alien Corn in 2005, and a program of Mozart scenes later the same year. Starting with the 2006–07 academic year, he now joins the Peabody Opera faculty on a continuing basis. A recent Baltimore resident, he spends his summers on the staffs of Santa Fe Opera and the Aspen Opera Theater Center, and sits on the board of directors for FBN Productions.
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