Opera, Theater and Festival Director Peter Sellars to Speak at SVA’s 2015 Commencement Exercises

March 30, 2015

Lauded opera, theater and festival director Peter Sellars has accepted the College’s invitation to speak at this year’s commencement exercises on Thursday, May 14.

Sellars200Sellars has gained renown worldwide for his groundbreaking and transformative interpretations of artistic masterpieces and for his collaborative projects with an extraordinary range of creative artists across three decades. His projects in recent years have included critically acclaimed concert stagings of J.S. Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion and Saint John Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, performed in Berlin, Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Lucerne, London and New York; a staging of Nixon in China for the Metropolitan Opera; and new productions of Handel’s Hercules in Chicago and Toronto, and Vivaldi’s Griselda in Santa Fe. Desdemona, a collaboration with the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison and Malian composer and singer Rokia Traore, was performed in several major cities in Europe and the United States and presented in London as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Currently, Sellars’ collaboration with flex pioneer Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray entitled FLEXN is being staged at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan.

Sellars is a professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and resident curator of the Telluride Film Festival. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Erasmus Prize, the Polar Music Prize, the Sundance Institute Risk-Takers Award and the Gish Prize, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been honored by the American Academy in Rome and Opera News magazine.

Sellars’ keynote remarks to the Class of 2015 will be streamed live from the Theater at Madison Square Garden. See and hear the complete commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 14 at www.sva.edu/commencement.

Image: Photo of Peter Sellars by Ruth Walz.

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