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Leon Major

Professor, Opera
Director, Maryland Opera Studio
B.A., University of Toronto; Additional studies, Royal Conservatory of Music

Leon Major, director, is currently the artistic director of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland School of Music. He was also Artistic Director for the Boston Lyric Opera from 1998-2003. From 2003-2007 he served as Artistic Consultant for Opera Cleveland.

Upcoming productions under Mr. Major’s direction include Miss Havisham’s Fire (Maryland Opera Studio) and The Inspector (Boston Lyric Opera), which premiere he directed in 2011 with Wolf Trap Opera Company. Additional upcoming engagements include master classes at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and the International Vocal Arts Institute.

Recent productions include L'Italiana in Algeri (Opera Festival of New Jersey); Die Fledermaus, Roméo et Juliette, La traviata, L’elisir d’amore, Carmen, Don Carlos, Resurrection, Don Giovanni, Aïda, L’italiana in Algeri (Boston Lyric Opera); Salome (Boston Lyric Opera and Glimmerglass Opera); Falstaff, Intermezzo, Don Pasquale (revived for the 2003/04 season), and Macbeth (New York City Opera); Intermezzo; Salome, Falstaff (New York City Opera and Glimmerglass); Cosi fan tutte (San Diego Opera, Teatro Municipale, Rio de Janeiro, and Florida Grand Opera); Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Marriage of Figaro, and Later the Same Evening (Glimmerglass Opera Festival); Don Pasquale, L’Italiana in Algeri, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Washington National Opera); Faust, Don Pasquale (Opera Company of Philadelphia); Peter Grimes (Vancouver Opera); and Il tabarro, Shadowboxer (Premiere), Clara (a newly commissioned opera), The Tales of Hoffman, and Florencia en al Amazonas (Maryland Opera Studio).

In addition to his work as an independent director throughout the United States, Leon Major has directed plays and operas for companies in Canada and Europe and given master classes around the world from Shanghai to Tel Aviv. In May 2011, Hal Leonard released his book The Empty Voice: Acting Opera.

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