Edward Berkeley, stage directorEdward Berkeley recently completed his 25th year on the faculty of The Juilliard School (primarily as director of undergraduate opera studies) and teaches Shakespeare at Circle in the Square Theater School.   On Broadway, he directed the Tony Award and Drama Desk–nominated Wilder, Wilder, Wilder and other award-winning productions. Mr. Berkeley’s New York Shakespeare Festival productions include Pericles and “Best Revival” winner The Tempest. He directed Beatrice and Benedict at the New York Philharmonic and John Adams’ El Niño with the Atlanta Symphony and at Ravinia. Mr. Berkeley has also directed at the Library of Congress, Williamstown Theater Festival and the Old Globe Theater. As director of the Aspen Opera Theater Center, he has directed classics as well as new operas by John Corigliano, John Harbison, Bright Sheng, Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Torke, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Bernard Rands. In New York, Mr. Berkeley directed the premieres of Ned Rorem’s Our Town, Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face and Ullman’s The Kaiser from Atlantis (which he also directed in Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Spoleto and Ravinia).  Mr. Berkeley was an acting consultant for the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program, a guest faculty member of Princeton University and Williams College, a returning distinguished guest professor at Carleton College and returning guest director at Rice University.  Favorite productions include his own adaptation of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and L’histoire du Soldat for the New York Philharmonic, Two Faces of Romeo and Juliet (Bernstein plus Gounod) and Madama Butterfly for Houston Grand Opera, and The Coronation of Poppea, John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer and Conrad Susa’s Transformations at Juilliard.   In the past summer, Mr. Berkeley returned to Aspen to direct Gounod's Romeo and Juliet and the stage premieres of Christopher Theofanidis' The Invention of Music or The Cows of Apollo and Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk's Classical Style, then traveled to Marseille to direct Shakespeare's Macbeth.