A native Texan, stage director David Bartholomew graduated from Boston’s venerable New England Conservatory in 1967 with a master’s degree in piano performance. After a period of concertizing in the New England area in both solo recital and chamber music, he was awarded the prestigious Frank Huntington Beebe Award for opera study in Germany. Following his year abroad, he returned to Boston to chair the opera department at his alma mater where his first production was Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress conducted by Gunther Schuller. He went on to direct over twenty operas at N.E.C. ranging from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte to Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During the 1970’s he directed both Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Massenet’s Werther for the young Boston Lyric Opera and created a new production of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel for San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater. He also directed the 1974 premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso for Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA.
In recent years, Mr. Bartholomew was both Artistic and Stage Director for Tacoma Opera (WA) and frequent guest director for Mercury Opera Rochester (NY), Sacramento Opera (CA), Mobile Opera (AL), Nevada Opera (Reno) and Fargo-Moorhead Opera. He has been on the faculties of Boston University, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, The Boston Conservatory, and guest artist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Puget Sound (WA), and The Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA.
Mr. Bartholomew has directed more than a dozen operas for Opera Southwest.
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