Valeria Vasilevski
Music Theater

Writer/Director for She Lost Her Voice
(photo of Kristin Norderval)

Ms Vasilevski wrote and directed the solo chamber opera She Lost Her Voice That's How We Knew with composer Frances White and soprano Kristin Norderval which was performed at the Rubin Museum in New York and travelled to Barcelona, Oslo, and Amsterdam.

She was also commissioned to write and direct a contemporary Madrigal Comedy for The Western Wind, entitled Jukebox In The Tavern Of Love, collaborating with composer Eric Salzman. Jukebox was premiered at The Flea Theater and performed most recently at Bargemusic in New York City. Jukebox (Vasilevski and Salzman) was selected as one of the top recordings of the year by Gramophone Magazine in 2015.

With Salzman she also wrote the libretto and directed The True Last Words of Dutch Schultz, featuring co-creator Theo Bleckmann, for a tour of opera houses throughout the Netherlands. She also directed Salzman's Kassandra, featuring Kristin Norderval, for the Festival Wien Modern/ZOON Musiktheater/NewOp Festival in Austria and Europäisches Festival für Neues Musiktheater/6 Tage Oper in Germany.

She was in residence at The Kitchen developing Diamanda Galas' Insekta which premiered as part of Serious Fun! at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

She received the Richard Rogers Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for her opera/music theater piece ALLOS MAKAR (happy in a different way) O.K. developed at the Rockefeller Foundation' Bellagio Center, Italy, in collaboration with choreographer Bill T. Jones.

She was lyricist and co-director with Ruth Maleczech of Fire Works composed by Ned Sublette.

She wrote and directed the oratorio Village Store Verbatim, collaborating with composer Lawrence Siegel. Village Store toured New England and aired on New Hampshire Public Television.

She also adapted and directed the dance theater work, Song of Lawino by Ugandan poet Okot p'Bitek, collaborating with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Urban Bush Women. Song of Lawino was presented at Dance Theater Workshop, toured nationally and featured in the London International Festival of Theater.

Ms. Vasilevski directed the first music/theater piece created specifically for Internet 2, commissioned by Harvestworks. The Technophobe and the Madman premiered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and New York University simultaneously. Its composers were Nick Didkovsky, Neil Rolnick and Robert Rowe.

She was stage director for the tour of Philip Glass' The Photographer which was originally directed by JoAnne Akalitis.

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