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Music Educator Profile: Ken Cazan of USC's Thornton School

Ken Cazan is Resident stage director and Associate Professor of Vocal Arts and Opera at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. He has directed more than 120 stage productions of opera, operetta, musical theater and plays throughout North America and Italy, and is renowned for his productions of works by Benjamin Britten, Strauss, Mozart and Handel, among many others. In addition to his teaching work at the Thornton School, Cazan is an in-demand production designer who regularly works with organizations like the Atlanta Opera, the Canadian Opera Company and the Austin Lyric Opera.

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Ken Cazan, Resident Stage Director and Associate Professor of Music at USC's Thornton School of Music, discusses the stagecraft and tradition of opera from the point of view of the production designer. He shares his thoughts on opera as a tradition, on staging classic operas in modern settings, teaching singers to be actors, breaking into the opera world, and more.

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November 2007
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