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Herbert Kellner

  • Director, Artistic/Stage

Biography

HERBERT KELLNER has stage managed and assistant directed there. In 1987 he made his directing debut at the Lyric with a production of Puccini's Tosca with Renato Scotto and Sherrill Milnes in the leading roles. Kellner became the resident stage director and acting coach for the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists in 1984, where he taught acting, did private coaching and directed such productions as Hansel and Gretel.
In 1985 he became the Executive Stage Manager of Lyric Opera of Chicago, a position he held for ten years. During this period Mr. Kellner has directed some thirty operas, including such critical successes as The Rake's Progress and The Medium for Skylight Opera in Milwaukee, and Götterdämmerung at the ArtPark Festival in 1987.
He has directed operas such as La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Elektra, and Le Nozze di Figaro at regional opera companies across the country. Mr. Kellner has been associated with major opera companies such as Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, San Francisco Opera, New Orleans Opera, and San Diego Opera. In 1995 he made his debut with Portland Opera directing The Barber of Seville.
Mr. Kellner made his European debut in Pforzheim, Germany, assisting on a production of Lortzing's Waffenschmied. In 1990 he made his Swiss debut assisting John Copley on a production of Rossini's Tancredi at the Theatre du Genève. Recently Mr. Kellner restaged Tristan und Isolde for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, starring Ben Heppner and Jane Eaglen.
Over the next few years he will be directing Wagner's Ring for that company, culminating with the complete cycle in 2005.
He was also Assistant Director for the Dallas Opera's world premiere production of Therese Raquin in 2001, and directed that work for L'Opéra de Montreal and San Diego Opera. in 2002 and 2003.