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Zoom Meeting – In Conversation with Opera Director Paul Curran
September 11, 2021 - 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Vimeo Link: https://vimeo.com/610791477
Join the Wagner Society as we welcome internationally renowned opera director Paul Curran as our guest. This will be in standard Zoom format and we will have open mic Q & A available as questions arise. Should you wish to post a question ahead of the program, please e-mail to WagnerSocNC@gmail.com You may also request the Zoom access information by using that e-mail address.
Paul Curran was born in Maryhill, Glasgow. At the age of five, he was rehoused with his family to Easterhouse. He played clarinet in the Glasgow Schools Orchestra, and saw his first opera (Scottish Opera’s production of Wozzeck) in 1980.
Later Curran went to London, where he trained as a ballet dancer at the London Studio Centre and the Central School of Ballet before studying with Sulamith Messerer. He worked for a time as an usher at English National Opera during the period when Lord Harewood, Mark Elder and David Pountney formed the artistic management of the company.
Curran spent two years at the ballet school of the Finnish National Opera and then three years as a professional dancer with Scottish Ballet and in Germany. A hip injury terminated his ballet career, and he worked as an interpreter and stage manager before, at the age of twenty-seven, entering the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney to study directing.
Curran has directing credits in the great opera houses the world over including: Santa Fe, Chicago, Covent Garden, Wexford, La Fenice, Naples. Curran also served as the General Director for the Oslo National Opera and Ballet.
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