Category Archives: Opera

Joshua Major

Artistic Director, Pine Mountain Music Festival
Chair of Opera Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston

Toronto-born Joshua Major (Artistic Director) began his opera stage directing career at the age of 23 with La Cenerentola for Opera Omaha. Soon after, Mr. Major worked as an assistant to Rhoda Levine at Juilliard, Cynthia Auerbach at both Chautauqua Opera and New York City Opera and William Gaskill at the Welsh National Opera. Mr. Major has worked as a stage director for over 27 years throughout the United States and Canada developing an impressive and diverse repertoire of productions. Recent productions include the North American premiere of Rossini’s La Gazzetta, La Perichole (Offenbach), Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck), La Traviata(Verdi), The Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek), Falstaff (Verdi) and The Turn of the Screw (Britten) Recent productions for IVAI include Les mamelles de Teresias (Poulenc), L’Impressions de Pelleas (Brook/Debussy), Le tragedie du Carmen (Brook/Bizet) and La Fille du Regiment (Donizzetti). In August 2012 Mr. Major accepted the position of Chair of Opera Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston after completing 20 years on the faculty of the University of Michigan where he oversaw the Opera Program, both teaching and directing. Joshua Major has proudly been the Artistic Director of the Pine Mountain Music Festival since 2003 and continues to be a stage director and faculty member with the International Vocal Arts Institute in both Montreal and Tel Aviv, where he has directed annually, since 1993.

Jussi Tapola

Librettist, Rockland: The Opera

Jussi Tapola is a well-known stage director who has directed nearly 200 opera productions and a producer at the Finnish National Opera for over 30 years, following his drama and media studies in Munich, Helsinki and Tampere.

His recent work as a director for Finnish National Opera includes Kari Tikka, Luther (2000) and Jani Kääriä, Osiris (2003) – both also as a joint librettist, La rondine (2002), L’enfant et les sortileges (2002) and The Magic Flute (2006).

Tapola has directed for Savonlinna Opera Festival, in Estonia, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Great Britain and the U.S.

Craig Randal Johnson

Craig Randal Johnson brings to Rockland his wide ranging expertise as conductor, pianist, double bassist, musical collaborator and organizer. His conducting credits include the Florida Symphony Orchestra, Superior Festival Orchestra, Marquette Symphony, North Star Opera, Boreal Chamber Symphony, symphony concerts for Finnfest USA, and local orchestras and theater productions in Minnesota, Massachusetts and Illinois. In Osnabrück, Germany, Mr. Johnson conducted large scale productions of Brecht plays, and composed music for numerous productions. Mr. Johnson was Resident Conductor for the Rome Festival Orchestra for three seasons, conducting Mozart operas and other works, receiving highly positive reviews from the Italian press.