R. B. Schlather
R. B. Schlather (b. 1986, Cooperstown, USA) has been described as “having a gift for drawing our vivid performances” (New York Times), an “ability to demolish the barriers of propriety and politeness that seem to plague much of traditional operatic experience (Opera News), and “the future of opera” (Frankfurter Allgemeine). Schlather holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Ithaca College where he graduated with special honors in Theater Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include Orlando (2015) named in WQXR NYC's “Top 10 Pivotal moments for Opera and Classical Performance 2015," and Alcina (2014) at Whitebox Art Center NYC, called in the New York Times by art critic Holland Cotter “fascinating species of performance art,” and by classical music editor Zachary Woolfe “a valuable project worthy of enthusiastic support,” and “a gift given to the New York cultural scene." His solo performance DON’T CALL ME CRUEL, BABY was presented by CATCH! (2015) and Prelude NYC (2015). He performed at the Guggenheim Museum and The Kitchen in Gerard and Kelly’s Timelining (2014/5). As a stage director he has professional affiliations with the Gran Teatre del Liceu, English National Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Canadian Opera Company, Boston Lyric Opera, Tanglewood Music Festival, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts Bard College, Chicago Opera Theater, Portland Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, (le) Poisson Rouge, Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, and Ash Lawn Opera. He joined the faculty of the Ithaca College School of Music as a guest lecturer in performance studies for the spring 2016 semester, additionally directing a fully produced production of Handel’s “Semele” for the Department of Theater Arts. His work has been published by Emergency Index (2011). He lives in Hudson, New York.