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Harry Silverstein

Courses Taught
Advanced Acting
Advanced Techniques of the Musical Stage

Harry Silverstein has been the Director of DePaul Opera Theatre since 1990 and instructs singers in performance techniques. Mr. Silverstein has professionally directed over 100 productions of 45 operas on 4 continents, including such theaters as Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, and companies in England, Northern Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil, as well as more than 15 American companies including Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and Seattle Opera. 

Mr. Silverstein has staged many contemporary works including premieres of works by Philip Glass, in all 6 Glass operas, as well as many works from the standard operatic repertory both for professional companies and for DePaul Opera Theater. Internationally known for his Mozart interpretations he has directed 9 different Mozart operas for companies ranging from San Francisco to Northern Ireland. Recent projects include a new production of Magic Flute for San Francisco Opera with visual artist Jun Kaneko, which was recorded for video release and was the subject of a book now in its second printing, and Rigoletto for San Francisco Opera which was simulcast to an audience of 30,000 at AT&T baseball park in San Francisco. The Magic Flute production was seen at Washington National Opera where it was simulcast to 20,000 people at National's Park. 

A frequent judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Competition, Mr. Silverstein served on the staff at Lyric Opera Chicago and Houston Grand Opera and currently serves as Board Chair of Opera Festival of Chicago.