Rhoda Levine (Stage Director) has worked as director/choreographer on and
off-Broadway, in London's West End and for both CBS and NET television.
On Broadway, she choreographed and staged the musical numbers for
PANTAGLEIZE, EXIT THE KING, WAR AND PEACE, THE GRASS HARP, THE SIGN IN
SIDNEY, BRUSTEIN'S WINDOW, BABY WANT A KISS, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S
NEST, YOUNG ABE LINCOLN, LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS, and GIANNI SCHICCI (for the
National Theatre of the Deaf).
In the West End, Ms. Levine staged the musical numbers for Charles Strouse's FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON and the revue, HERE IS THE NEWS.
Ms. Levine choreographed for the Metropolitan Opera National Company.
For television, she did all the musical staging for DuPont's SHOW OF THE
MONTH. She assisted Joe Layton on THE GERSHWIN YEARS.
Among operas directed were DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS (world premiere); FROM
THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD; MACBETH; ORPHEO; THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK; LULU; OF
MICE AND MEN; MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES all for the
For Belgium's Theatre de la Monnaie, she directed the world premiere of
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE; ALBERT HERRING; LA FILLE DE MADAME ANGOT; IL
MONDO DELLA LUNA and JOSEPH AND HIS TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.
Ms. Levine has also directed and the Edinburgh Festival, the Spoleto
Festival (Italy/U.S.A), the Jerusalem Festival, the Festival Cervantino
(Mexico) and the Scottish Opera.
Among her credits in the U.S.A. is the NYC Opera, DIE SOLDATEN (New York
premiere), FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD (New York premiere), OF MICE AND MEN,
MATHIS DER MALER (New York Premiere), LIZZIE BORDEN (PBS GREAT
PERFORMANCES), LITTLE WOMEN (New York Premiere) and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
MALCOM X (World Premiere). She initiated many of these works at the
Ms. Levine directed the South African premiere of PORGY AND BESS when Nelson
Mandela became president.
Ms. Levine has been Creative Consultant to Doris Lessing and Philip Glass on
THE REPRESENTATIVE and for Anthony Davis on THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOM X.
Most recently, she was Creative Consultant and director on WACONDA'S DREAM
for Opera Omaha, working with Anthony Davis and his librettist.
Ms. Levine is also the author of eight children's books, two of which were
illustrated by Edward Gorey. Three Ladies Beside the Sea will be
republished by The New York Review of Books in June, 2010.
She has also written a piece with Luciano Berio, OPUS NUMBER ZOO.
Ms. Levine has been on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama, Juilliard
School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, Northwestern University and
is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes
School of Music.
Along with Philip Glass and George Abbott, she has won an award from the
National Opera Association. She was awarded a peace medal from the Lakota
Tribe for her contribution to WAKONDA'S DREAM.
Rhoda Levine is the director of PLAY IT BY EAR, New York City's only
improvisational opera group.
Her most recent credits include stage director and teacher for the Duffy
Composers Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, VA, and
director of LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION by Derek Bermel at Cutting Edge Concerts at