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LAMFcast: The Future of Opera
February 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The public perception of opera has remained unchanged for a century – horned helmets, indulgent divas, and audiences decked in pearls and tuxedos. However, a new generation of singing actors, composers, and administrators is working to make this artform relevant in the present day. Paul Hopper, associate artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera and LAMF artistic advisor, joins artistic director, John Taylor Ward, in a discussion of his own career as an industry leader and where he thinks the future of opera lies.
Paul Hopper oversees the casting of supporting roles and all covers for roughly twenty-five productions per season at the Metropolitan Opera. Previously, he was the Assistant Artistic Director at Houston Grand Opera, where he assisted in long term artistic planning and casting, managed special artistic initiatives, and guided a variety of audiences in learning more about opera, including numerous events in support of the company’s first Ring Cycle. As principal dramaturg for the company, he worked closely with composers and librettists in the commissioning and development of new works and oversaw the supertitles for all productions. Passionate about redefining the perception of what opera is capable of achieving, Paul forged new working relationships with Houston Methodist Hospital, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Rothko Chapel, and the Women’s Home. He has been a guest speaker at the OPERA America Conference, University of Houston, Houston Seminar, Czech Center Houston, and the Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association.
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