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Steven LaCosse

STEVEN LaCOSSE, Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Enrollment, Opera

With a repertory that spans Le nozze di Figaro to The Fantasticks, Steven LaCosse has directed over 60 productions. He directed the southeastern premier of Ned Rorem’s Our Town as well as the American premiere of Pergolesi’s Lo frate ‘nnamorato.

Anthony Tomassini, music critic for the New York Times praised his productions of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream:  “An imaginative production of this opera, directed by Steven LaCosse, opened Saturday night at the Matthews Theater in the McCarter Theater Center on the Princeton University campus … Mr. LaCosse’s production, … demonstrated what can be achieved on a limited budget. Images of lush woods and starry nighttime skies were projected onto simple scrims and drops.

and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with:  “ …So, all credit to the Princeton Festival for presenting a strong performance with an appealing cast in an imaginative, if traditional, production.”

Of his recent production of Così fan tutte Classical Voice North Carolina said: “UNCSA’s Stage Director Steven LaCosse’s up-dating of Così, from the composer’s Europe in the 18th century to the United States in 1968, at the height of the countercultural revolution, will join my very short favorable list of such creative license re-stagings.”