The Rosenbergs An Opera

Boston Playwrights' Theatre

"This was an incredibly powerful representation of the human experience." – The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"The Rosenbergs is small in scope but large in ambition; it is an accomplished and moving work that demands attention." – The Arts Fuse
Music: Joachim Holbek
Libretto: Rhea Leman
Directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky
Musical Direction by Cristi Catt
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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In Penal Colony

Boston Lyric Opera

"This newest production will be counted as another in [BLO’s] column of successes.” – Boston Globe
“Captivating … very well presented, very well sung.” – WGBH
“Unforgettable … a true triumph in the company’s history.” – South Shore Critic

Music: Philip Glass
Libretto: Rudolph Wurlitzer, Based on Franz Kafka
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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La Boheme

Boston Lyric Opera

"One has to applaud Boston Lyric Opera for the boldness of its new production....New setting works intuitively." - The Boston Globe
"Boston Lyric Opera Breathes New Life Into ‘La Bohème’." - WBUR
"An impressive evocation of dramatic time and place." - Boston Classical Review

Conductor: David Angus
Director: Rosetta Cucchi
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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Opheliamachine

City Garage Theatre, Los Angeles

"Difficult comedy of ideas and ideologies honestly stimulates with its perceptiveness. ...fiercely meditative mirror." - The Hollywood Reporter
"An uncompromising vision. … fiercely confrontational new play." - Los Angeles Times
"Relentlessly provocative and challenging." - LA Weekly

Director: Frederique Michel
Designer: Charles A. Duncombe
Playwright: Magda Romanska

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The Love Potion

Boston Lyric Opera

"The haunting BLO staging . – The Wall Street Journal
"Boston Lyric Opera’s unbearably moving production" – The New York Times
"BLO serves up a poignant, captivating performance of Frank Martin rarity" – Boston Classical Review

Conductor: David Angus
Director: David Schweizer
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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La Traviata

Boston Lyric Opera

“Heartfelt, touching…” – Boston Classical Review
“BLO truly delivered.” – The South Shore Critic
“Much beauty and pathos in the accomplished performances.” – The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"An honest, intimate Traviata." - The Boston Globe
"It brought a spirited ovation from an appreciative house." - The Edge

Conductor: Arthur Fagen
Director: Chas Rader-Shieber
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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Katya Kabanova

Opera North /Boston Lyric Opera

"A consistent, spare and stark vision of Janacek’s opera." - Boston Classical Review
"Boston Lyric Opera continues its string of vital, provocative productions... gorgeous and intelligent production." - Musical Intelligencer
"A musical experience that will be long remembered." - South Shore Critic

Conductor: David Angus
Director: Tim Albery
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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Don Giovanni

Boston Lyric Opera

"Flagrantly delectable.." - South Shore Critic
"Don Giovanni lite delights theater crowd." - Boston Musical Intelligencer

"A powerful theatrical statement about betrayal and its consequences." - Boston Theatre Wing
Hits "right to the heart of today's important social issues." - The Schiller Institute

Conductor: David Angus
Director: Emma Griffin
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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I Puritani

Boston Lyric Opera

"It’s a visually striking production. The set, costumes, and color choices were a marvel." – The Metrowest Daily News
"A vibrant and exciting production of Vincenzo Bellini’s last work,' I Puritani.' Overall, the opera is an outstanding success." – The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"A dark, powerful I Puritani" – The Boston Globe

Conductor: David Angus
Director: Crystal Manich
Dramatur: Magda Romanska

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Rigoletto

Boston Lyric Opera

"Verdi’s aggressively tuneful crowd-pleaser is here returned to something closer to its original setting in and around the Ducal Court of 16th-century Mantua." – The Boston Globe
"The most remarkable aspect of the production is the way the elements all worked together like a finely tuned engine." – The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Conductor: Christopher Franklin
Director: Tomer Zvulvun
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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Lizzie Borden

Boston Lyric Opera

"The tale of Lizzie Borden is already pretty operatic, even before hitting the stage. It was the summer of 1892 when she was charged and later acquitted in the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother in their Fall River home. Now Boston Lyric Opera is taking a new whack at the story, and WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen attended the opening." – WGBH News

Based on a Scenario by Richard Plant
Realized by Todd Bashore and John Conklin
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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The Magic Flute

Boston Lyric Opera

"This is a thoughtfully reimagined Magic Flute that, well staged and exquisitely sung and acted, probes the serious subtext of Mozart’s singspiel." – The Boston Globe
"The BLO’s The Magic Flute is a momentous artistic manifestation with a strong appeal. You’ll relish the freshness of this interpretation." – The MIT Tech Online

Conductor: David Angus
Director: Leon Major
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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Cafe Variations

Arts Emerson / Siti Company

"A superb and entertaining investigation into and celebration of love... Like watching a complicated romp at the café." – Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
"There is a constant sense of longing in the air, but there is also an undercurrent of violence. The final tableau will break your heart." – The Boston Globe

Written by Charles Mee
Director: Anne Bogart
Music and Lyrics: George and Ira Gershwin
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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Marat/Sade

Emerson Stage

"....wicked and alluring. Filled with haunting chants, striking attire and a sinister environment, the play leaves the audience with a strangely sickening feeling in the pit of their stomachs, although it is not a displeasing feeling, but one of dark pleasure. In the spirit of the Marquis, sometimes a little perversion is a good thing." - The Berkeley Beacon
"The events on stage acquire metaphysical and extra-temporal dimensions."- Lik Magazine

Written by Peter Weiss
Director: Magda Romanska

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Desdemona

Yale Cabaret

Guy de Maupassant said that woman “ molds and shapes herself to the image of the society in which she lives.” This play is a brilliant exploration of tensions and paradoxes that arise regardless of whether a woman, indeed, “molds” herself to the world or resists the world that tries to mold her. Vogel gives voice to Desdemona in a twisted, complex way that forces us to question the nature of desire both male and female.

Written by Paula Vogel
Set Designer: Leiko Fuseya
Director: Magda Romanska

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Iphegenia at Aulis

Yale Repertory Theatre

"A huge jet turbofan, taller than a man, stands against a background of schematic blueprints, including white outlines of transport planes. The scenery sets up a modern context for Rebecca Bayla Taichman's penetrating and compelling production of Euripides' Iphigeneia at Aulis. This painful drama of a father's sacrifice on the eve of war feels timeless yet current. - Hartford Courant

Director: Rebecca Taichman
Set Design: Christine Jones
Costume Design: Constance Hoffman
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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Macbeth

Yale University Theatre

Director: Susan Finque
Set Designer: Leiko Fuseya
Costume Designer: Meredith Palin
Assistant Director/Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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A Raising in the Sun

Cornell University

Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Director: Reggie Life
Scene Designer: Kent Goetz
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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The Male Animal

Cornell University

Written by Ted Nugent
Set Designer: Dan Crawford
Costume Designer: Jessica Davis and Nancy Lie
Director: Magda Romanska

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Hamlet

Cornell University

Director: Bruce Levitt
Scene Designer: Kent Goetz
Lighing Designer: Ed Intemann
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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The Blue Room

Cornell University

Written by David Hare
Set Designer: Lynn Musgrove
Costume Designer: Jessica Davis
Director: Magda Romanska

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Amadeus

Cornell University

Written by Peter Schaeffer
Director: David Feldshuh
Set Designer: Kent Goetz
Assistant Director: Magda Romanska

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The Maids

Cornell University

Written by Jean Genet
Director/Designer: Magda Romanska

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The Three Sisters

Cornell University

Written by Anton Chekhov
Director: Bruce Levitt
Scene Designer: Andrew Mansfield
Costume Designer: Olga Maslova
Dramaturg/Assistant Director: Magda Romanska

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Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well

Cornell University

Director: Bruce Leavitt
Dramaturg: Magda Romanska

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