David Lefkowich, Stage Director, returns for his fifth consecutive season with Tri-Cities Opera. He directed the fight scenes in Sweeney Todd, was the stage director for Rigoletto, Carmen and Die Fledermaus and directed the fight scenes in Il trovatore. An accomplished stage director and fight choreographer, he has enjoyed success with prominent companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera.
Directing credits include Idomeneo, Le Nozze di Figaro, L’Histoire du Soldat, and Don Giovanni at the Ravinia Music Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also directed L’Histoire du Soldat at the Juilliard School, with Maestro James Conlon. Mr. Lefkowich made his European debut directing Le Portrait de Manon at the Gran Teatre Liceu in Barcelona, Spain and followed with The Rake’s Progress at La Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium. Other credits include directing and choreographing Simon Boccanegra (Kentucky Opera) Daughter of the Regiment, Acis & Galatea (Madison Opera), La Boheme (Fort Worth Opera), Salome (Minnesota Opera), Roméo et Juliette (Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Tampa, Seagle Music Colony), Tosca at Boston Lyric Opera, Cosi fan tutte (Opera Saratoga), La Traviata (Lake George Opera), Le Portrait de Manon (Glimmerglass Opera), and Il Trovatore (New Orleans Opera, Fort Worth Opera). He was fight director for the world premieres of Appomattox by Philip Glass (San Francisco Opera) and Miss Lonelyhearts (Juilliard Opera Center) as well as La Fanciulla del West (New York City Opera) and the New York off Broadway run of A Clockwork Orange.
As a guest artist, Mr. Lefkowich performs master classes at Young Artist Programs and universities including L’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program, Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artist Program, the Juilliard School, McGill School of Music and Ithaca College. A graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Theatre, David has a certificate from École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France, and is the Artistic Director of the Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he directed the company’s first offering of Pagliacci in 2012, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in 2013 and Tosca in 2014.