Artist and Director R. B. Schlather is widely recognized as one of the most ambitious, creative, visionary, and innovative figures in opera today. His performances and installations are presented worldwide in theaters, museums, galleries, concert halls and public spaces.
Recent highlights include a directing debut with Santa Fe Opera, where his production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte was called “the revelation of the santa fe opera season,” “modern disturbing, riveting, explosive” (Wall Street Journal), “Painful” (New York Times) a “radical, hyper-sexualized, ultra-modern visual poem” (Santa Fe Reporter) “Bracingly conceived and beautifully sung” (Santa Fe New Mexican) by all star cast Amanda Majeski, Ben Bliss, Rodney Gilfrey, Tracy Dahl, Emily D’angelo, and Jarrett Ott, conducted by Harry Bickett.
Future highlights include his European directing debut with Oper Frankfurt in an immersive, site specific staging of Handel’s Tamerlano in the Bockenheimer Depot Fall 2019, and a National Sawdust commission “Untitled (Inspired by Film Stills)” in development with Eve Gigliotti, Paola Prestini, Royce Vavrek, Nico Muhly, Missy Mizzoli, and Ellen Reid.
Schlather has professional affiliations as a stage director with the Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opera Philadelphia, National Sawdust, Curits Institute of Music, International Contemporary Ensemble, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Bard Music Festival at the Richard B. Fisher Center, Wolf Trap Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Tanglewood Music Festival, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and (Le) Poisson Rouge.
Mr. Schlather has participated in conferences at Princeton University and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, taught at the Curtis Institute of Music, New York University, Brandeis University, and Itacha College (where he is an alumnus of the School of Humanities and Sciences with a B.A. in art history and a minor in drama), and was an artist-in residence at National Sawdust for the 2016/17 season. He has performed at the Guggenheim Museum and The Kithcen in Gerard and Kelley's "Timelining." His solo performance "Don't Call Me Cruel, Baby" (2015) was performed at Catch! and Prelude NYC.