Cori Ellison, a leading creative figure in the opera world, is staff Dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as a member of the Vocal Arts faculty at The Juilliard School, where she teaches History of Singing. She served as staff Dramaturg at New York City Opera from 1997-2010, and has also served as dramaturg for Francesca Zambello’s production of the Ring Cycle at Washington National Opera, Opera Boston’s production of Shostakovich’s The Nose, and in 2006, was dramaturg for a triple bill of Offenbach operettas at the Bard Summerscape Festival. This spring, she curated a four-concert avant-garde vocal series at the New Museum. In 2005, she co-curated and narrated soprano Elizabeth Futral’s program “Handel at Home”, the closing event of the annual Chicago Humanities Festival, and she curated the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s opening concert, an all-Beethoven gala.
Pursuing her interest in nurturing young American singers, Ms. Ellison is a core faculty member at American Lyric Theater since its founding, and has recently served on the faculties of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute Program for Singers and the Crested Butte Festival Young Artist Program, and has taught master classes for young singers at venues including Glyndebourne, Mannes College The New School of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Vassar College, DePaul University, Underworld Productions Opera, Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, and Opera Singers Initiative. She has also led seminars for the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program, has served as judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and coaches singers privately. At New York University, she has co-taught seminars on Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, and Giulio Cesare.
Ms. Ellison’s English singing translation of Hansel and Gretel, commissioned and premiered by New York City Opera, has also been performed (in a general-use adaptation recently published by Schott) by companies including Houston Grand Opera, Atlanta Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Kentucky Opera, Berkshire Opera, Opera Roanoke, and Indiana University Opera Theater. Her singing translation of Shostakovich’s musical comedy Cheryomushki (Cherry Tree Towers) premiered at the Bard Summerscape Festival in August 2004, and her singing translation of Spontini’s La vestale, commissioned by English National Opera, premiered there in April 2002.
Ms. Ellison has presented talks and served on and moderated panels and symposia for Glyndebourne, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the San Francisco Opera Guild, American Lyric Theater, Carnegie Hall, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Southwest, Opera Boston, Glimmerglass Opera, Tulsa Opera, Bard Summerscape Festival, Opera Orchestra of New York, Opera Quarterly, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival, Berkshire Choral Festival, American Opera Projects, Center For Contemporary Opera, Schomburg Center for Black Culture, Paley Center for Media, Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre, Indiana University, the New School, Opera Index, the Guggenheim Museum’s Works and Process series, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Japan Societies of New York and Boston, the Wagner Societies of New York, Chicago, Washington, and Northern California, and the American Institute for Verdi Studies, as well as at The Royal Opera House/Covent Garden, the Covent Garden Festival, the Newbury Festival, Ireland’s Wexford Festival, and Switzerland’s Verbier Festival, She has been guest lecturer for Celebrity Cruises, under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution, and on Cunard’s Queen Mary II, under the auspices of Oxford University. She has also served on the faculty of The Juilliard School’s Evening Division, was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at New York University’s School of Continuing Education, and has often taught for the Explore New York Elderhostel program.
Ms. Ellison regularly appears as a commentator and Opera Quiz panelist on the Metropolitan Opera’s radio broadcasts, and has been guest commentator on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” and “The Tristan Mysteries”, WQXR’s “First Hearing”, and other radio programs. She has contributed articles to publications including the New York Times, The Guardian, Opera News, Gramophone, BBC Music, and Ms, and to books including The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Compleat Mozart, and the Metropolitan Opera Guide to Opera on Video. She has also been a contributing writer for PBS’s “Metropolitan Opera Presents” TV series.