As the one and only opera director at LC for
37 years, I have taught movement, balance,
inprovisation, body language, mapping the stage, the imaginary wall , building a character, knowing the period and so forth. Here are photos from a few productions I have directed, directed and acted in, edited directed and acted/sang, conducted, directed.
Italo Tajo's wife was a famous Italian actress. I also studied acting interpretation and stage techniques with Sophie Ginn, Jack Edlemann,Boris Goldovsky, Donnah Schoep, Arthur Schoep, and Martina Arroyo.
Cast photo for Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
Susanna, Marjorie McBride; Countess Almaviva, Sarah Dodson; Cherubino,Robin Ellis; Count Almaviva, Thomas Robicheaux; Figaro, Cameron Weatherford.
Amahl and the Night Visitors
by Gian CarloMenotti with the mother sung byOlga Pena and Amahl sung by Leslie Ribaudo, King Kaspar sung by Dr.Cleamon Downs, King Melchior, Dr.Curtis Hamlett and King Balthazar, Brian Bonin.
The Bartered Bride
by Bedrich Smetana. Leading roles sung by Tinka Miolinovich, Lisa Carpenter, Dr.Curtis Hamlett, Edward Dacus, John Glass, John Frank Reeve, Jared Prewitt, Nicole Holcombe; choreographer Dr.David Holcomb, with the Deville Czech Dancers, and others.
Dr.Cleamon Downs as the deceased Buoso Donati in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.
Backstage, the musical Robert and Elizabeth, by Grainer and Millar.