Johnathon Pape (Stage Director, Sweeney Todd)
Johnathon Pape’s directing career spans opera, musical theater, and spoken theater. Career highlights include: directing the world premiere of Griffelkin by Lukas Foss for New York City Opera; the U.S. premiere of Daniel Catán’s La Hija da Rappaccini for San Diego Opera; the Los Angeles premiere of Richard Greenberg’s Eastern Standard; Terrence McNally’s Master Class for HaBimah, the National Theater of Israel; Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos for Tulsa Opera; Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney for an Irish Arts Festival; the Los Angeles premiere of Shirley Lauro’s A Piece of My Heart, about the women who served in Viet Nam—a special installation production mounted in the Los Angeles National Cemetery; Janáček’s Jenůfa for Portland Opera; Giordano’s Andrea Chenier for Atlanta Opera; and Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd for Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee. Recent work includes Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for Tulsa Opera; Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for Seagle Music Colony; and Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and Puccini’s La Bohème for The Boston Conservatory, where he serves as the Director of Opera Studies. His credits also include such diverse productions as The Taming of the Shrew, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Evita, Tosca, Tartuffe, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Carmen, Street Scene, and The Most Happy Fella. He has a special affinity for the Czech repertoire, having received a Fulbright Research Grant to the Czech Republic in 1994.