Mary Birnbaum

Mary Birnbaum, whose stage direction of opera and theatre New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini called “viscerally overwhelming” (Rape of Lucretia at Juilliard) and “genuinely insightful … vibrant” (The Classical Style at Carnegie Hall), works both internationally, from Taiwan (Otello) to Central America (L’Elisir and Boheme at the National Theatres of Costa Rica and Guatemala), Australia and Israel, and across the U.S. (Opera Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Opera Columbus, Virginia Arts Festival (Kept), Ojai Festival, Boston Baroque).  In Opera Magazine George Loomis wrote that Mary Birnbaum’s “thoughtful direction [of Eugene Onegin at Juilliard] was rich with imaginative touches” and the Houston Press termed her Hansel and Gretel a “stunner, perhaps the company’s most perfect realization.  [The Company] has found a director of real quality in Mary Birnbaum.”

Mary has been honored to work with such musical artists as Stephen Wadsworth, Jeremy Denk, Matt Aucoin, Kristin Kuster, Susanna Phillips, Stuart Skelton and Steven Stucky.  Currently Associate Director of the post-graduate Artist Diploma In Opera Studies program at Juilliard, Mary teaches and coaches acting for singers at Juilliard, Bard College and in the Lindemann Young Artists Program at the Metropolitan Opera.  A graduate of Harvard College, Mary trained professionally in physical theater at L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.  She is a past nominee at the International Opera Awards and her production of La Bohème will open the Santa Fe Opera season in 2019.

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Current & Upcoming Performances

Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
Stage Director
The Juilliard School
New York
Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater
Rene Orth's Empty the House
Stage Director
Curtis School of Music and Opera Philadelphia
Perelman Theatre
La Boheme
Stage Director
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
Sant Fe Opera House

Past Performances

Past Performance Schedule Coming Soon