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Stage Director Biography

Lee Kimball, Stage Director

Leland Kimball (Stage Director), is the past General Director of OperaDelaware, and recently retired after 30 years with the company. He has directed over 70 productions, among them Aida, Turandot, The Magic Flute, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, the world premieres of A Wrinkle in Time (Libby Larsen), Charlotte’s Web (Charles Strouse), The Phantom Tollbooth (Sheldon Harnick), and the East Coast premieres of The Portrait of Dorian Gray (Lowell Liebermann) and Il Postino (Daniel Catán). He recently directed the world premieres of Slaying the Dragon (Michael Ching) and Danse Russe (Paul Moravec and Terry Teachout), and his production of Glory Denied was cited in the Philadelphia Inquirer as the “most unforgettable opera” production of 2015. Three of the productions he directed for Temple University received first place awards for best college production in the United States from the National Opera Association. He recently directed The Magic Flute for the International Summer Music Institute in Seoul, South Korea, Albert Herring for Temple University and Miami University, and A Masked Ball for Concert Opera Philadelphia. This year he is directing the world premiere of As You Like It for Notre Dame University, The Barber of Seville for Opera Libera, and The Marriage of Figaro and Carousel for the Bethesda Summer Music Festival. He will also lead a two week workshop in Maine on The Flying Dutchman and La Traviata.

An award-winning designer with a master's degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Kimball received critical acclaim for his innovative sets for the world premiere of Billy and Zelda (Tina Davidson), The Face on the Barroom Floor, and La Cenerentola. Also a tenor, Mr. Kimball has performed leading roles in Stiffelio, Don Giovanni, the world premiere of Joshua, and the American premiere of Lully's Alceste, as well as serving as soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion. Other companies he has been associated with include Opera Philadelphia, Washington Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Providence Opera. Having studied and performed at the acclaimed Studio Theater in Washington, D.C., Mr. Kimball taught acting for singers at the University of the Arts, the University of Delaware, and Temple University. He currently serves on the board of Piffaro, The Renaissance Band.

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