Harry Silverstein

(Evanston, Illinois)

201516 Season: Director of The Magic Flute

Harry Silverstein made his San Francisco Opera directorial debut in 1989 with the Philip Glass Satyagraha and returned to the Company in 2006 and 2012 for Rigoletto, 2008 for La Bohème, and 2012 for The Magic Flute. He has developed a reputation as one of the opera world’s most successful interpreters of Mozart, having produced Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Così fan tutte with Houston Opera; Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte with the Dallas Opera; Idomeneo with Opera Northern Ireland; and Le Nozze di Figaro with Daniel Barenboim at the Ravinia Festival. Silverstein is also known for his contemporary opera productions, most notably his work with Philip Glass. His collaborations with Glass include the European premiere of The Making of the Representative for Planet Eight at English National Opera and Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam; Satyagraha with Seattle Opera; Akhnaten with English National Opera and New York City Opera; and the South American premiere of The Fall of the House of Usher in São Paulo. Silverstein has also directed productions at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Victorian State Opera in Melbourne, Australia; Auckland Opera in New Zealand; and Opera Pacific. He is currently professor of music and the director of the DePaul Opera Theatre at DePaul University. Other engagements include Der Fliegende Holländer for Utah Opera; The Abduction from the Seraglio and Così fan tutte for the Ravinia Festival; Le Nozze di Figaro at Washington National Opera and Houston Grand Opera; Carmen with Lyric Opera of Chicago; Rigoletto with the Dallas Opera; The Fairy Queen for DePaul Opera Theatre; and Susannah for Opera Pacific.