2016–17 Season: Production Designer of Madame Butterfly
Jun Kaneko studied painting in his native Japan with Satoshi Ogawa during his adolescence. He came to the United States in 1963 to continue his studies at the Chouinard Institute of Art when his introduction to Fred Marer drew him to sculptural ceramics. Kaneko has taught at some of the nation’s leading art schools, including Scripps College, Rhode Island School of Design, and Cranbrook Academy of Art. His ceramic, bronze, and glass sculptural work and two-dimensional artwork appears in numerous international solo and group exhibitions annually and is included in approximately fifty museum collections. He has realized almost thirty public art commissions in the United States and Japan, and he has been honored with national, state, and organization fellowships and an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London. Kaneko established his current studio in Omaha, Nebraska in 1990. The artist’s first opera production, Madama Butterfly, was created in 2007 for Opera Omaha. Upon its premiere it garnered rave reviews, and the production has toured the country. Kaneko was commissioned by Opera Company of Philadelphia to design a production of Fidelio, which received its premiere in 2008. He made his San Francisco Opera debut with The Magic Flute in 2012.