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La MaMa E.T.C.

74A East 4th Street

New York, NY 10003

 

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byungkoo ahn, opera director, opera directing, stage director, theater director, stage directing, ucla directing, brian ahn, hamyul

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About

 

Byungkoo Ahn's first directorial work ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ was presented at the National Theatre of Korea as part of the Young Theatre Festival when he was 20.  Since then his opera, theatre and dance productions have been seen in the US, Korea, Italy, and Czech Republic for over 20 years.

 

Born into a Korean theatre family as a third generation artist, Byungkoo Ahn studied theatre directing and design in Korea and the United States.  After his graduate study at UCLA on scholarship as the first recipient of the MAMPIST Award by Samsung Foundation of Culture, he formally trained in singing in Italy and the Czech Republic.  He also studied music interpretation of opera arias and art songs under the late Dr. Natalie Limonick, a world renowned opera coach, for many years. 

 

After completing internships at Los Angeles Opera, Opera National de Paris, and Long Beach opera, he served as a stage director at California State University, Long Beach, where he directed four productions.  Currently, Mr. Ahn works as a freelance director. 

 

His recent New York production, Hamyul/Hamlet at La MaMa ETC, New York City, was very well received by The New York Times, NYTheatre.com, the Villager, etc.  Also, his own experimental musical vignettes, which integrate German art songs, visual images, movement and a laptop computer orchestra, were presented in Korea, Germany, and Italy.

 

As a performer he has appeared in numerous productions. Recently, he appeared in Il Corvo, the opening production of The Venice Biennale. 

 

He is a board member and resident artist at La MaMa ETC.  As a ful-time professor, he currently teaches Directing,  Acting and Voice at Hongik University in Seoul, Korea.

 

Complete CV

Education

 

Master of Fine Arts

Theatre Directing

U.C.L.A., USA

 

Diploma

Voice

Konzervtor Brno, Czech Republic

 

Bachelor of Arts

Theater Directing

Dongguk University, Korea

 

Professional Diploma

Opera Vocal Performance Accademia Musicale “G. Donizetti”, Italy

 

 

Directing Credits

 

 

To You at the Speed of Light

JTN Theatre, Seoul, Korea, 2018
Director/co-Writer
A Musical Theatre Production by Lucky Blue Company

 

Three Women

Munhak Civic Theatre, Incheon, Korea, 2018
Director/co-W riter/Co-Producer
Experimental Opera based on La Bohem, La Traviata, and La Madama Butterfly featuring ‘The Singing Actors Group International’ Invited by the City of Incheon

 

Three Women, Admitted

La Mama Spoleto Open, Itlay, 2017
Director/Writer/Co-Producer
Experimental Opera based on La Bohem, La Traviata, and La Madama Butterfly featuring ‘The Singing Actors Group International’

Tre Donne, Ammesse

La Mama Spoleto Open, Itlay, 2017
Director/Writer/Co-Producer
Experimental Opera based on La Bohem, La Traviata, and La Madama Butterfly featuring ‘The Singing Actors GroupInternational’

Three Women, Admitted

The National Theatre, Seoul, Korea, 2017
Director/Writer/Co-Producer
Experimental Opera based on La Bohem, La Traviata, and La Madama Butterfly featuring ‘The Singing Actors Group International’

Voyage: Musical Vignettes

HamburgerSprechwerk, Hamburg, Germany, 2017
Director/Writer/Production Designer/Performer/Co-Producer
A Series of Musical Vignettes/mini operas with German Art Songs.
Featuring ‘The Cole Laptop Ensemble’, US and ‘The Singing Actors Group’, Korea.

Voyage: Musical Vignettes

Kulturhaus ‘alte feuerwache’, Berlin, Germany, 2017
Director/Writer/Production Designer/Performer/Co-Producer
A Series of Musical Vignettes/mini operas with German Art Songs.
Featuring ‘The Cole Laptop Ensemble’, US and ‘The Singing Actors Group’, Korea.

Dido and Aeneas, Admitted

The National Theatre of Korea, Seoul, Korea, 2016
Director/Co-Producer
An Adaptation of an Opera by Henry Purcell featuring ‘The Singing Actors Group International’

Nakrang

Bucheon Civic Stadium, Bucheon, Korea, 2015
Director
A Circus Musical Theatre Production by Buchoen Symphony Orchestra and Dongchun Circus Company.

Days & Nights, Four Chekhovian Interludes

Art Theatre Moon, Seoul, Korea, 2015 Director/Playwright
Four theatrical adaptations of A. Chekhov’s short stories.

The Rite of Autumn: Rituals and Celebrations

Naru Centre for the Arts, Seoul, Korea, 2013

Director/Writer/Co-Producer

7 Musical Vignettes by Brian Byungkoo Ahn and Opera Music Gala featuring ‘The Singing Actors Group International’.

 

Brian Ahn’s 7 Musical Veignettes

Sungam Arts Centre, Seoul, Korea, 2013

Director/Music Director/Writer/Co-Producer

7 Musical Vignettes by Brian Byungkoo Ahn featuring ‘The Singing Actors Group International’.

 

Voyage: Musical Vignettes

La MaMa Spoleto Open, Spoleto Due Mondi Festival, Italy, 2013

Director/Writer/Production Designer/Performer/Co-Producer

The world premiere of the series of Musical Vignettes/mini operas with German art songs. Featuring ‘The Cole Laptop Ensemble’, US and ‘The Singing Actors Group’, Korea.

 

The Merry Widow

Naru Centre for the Arts, Seoul, Korea, 2013

DirectorProduction of Kim Haknam Opera Company.

 

Jonah

The National Theatre of Korea, Seoul, Korea, 2013

Director/Performer/Co-Production Designer/Co-Producer

New oratorio by JY Choi.  Featuring ‘The Singing Actors Group’.

 

A Joke

The National Theatre of Korea, Seoul, Korea, 2013

Director/Book/Lyrics/Co-Production Designer/Co-Producer

New musical theater composed by JY Choi.  Featuring ‘The Singing Actors Group’.

 

Love and Dream, Painted with Songs

The National Theatre of Korea, Seoul, Korea, 2013

Director/Writer/Production Designer/Co-Producer/Music Director

Opera/Musical Theater Gala and 3 New Musical Vignettes.  Featuring ‘The Singing Actors Group’.

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Kookmin Main Theatre, Seoul, Korea, 2012

Director

Kookmin University Theatre Program production.

 

Mozart Opera Highlights

The National Theatre of Korea, Seoul, Korea, 2012

Director

Korean Chamber Opera Company’s 4-hour excerpts from Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, and Zauberlote.

 

Hamyul/Hamlet

La MaMa ETC, New York, NY, 2011

Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer

A Korean adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

 

The Doctor

LaMaMa ETC, New York, NY, 2009

Director/Writer

A chamber opera composed by Martin Herman based on Anton Chekhov’s short story of the same title.

 

A Joke

La MaMa ETC, New York, NY, 2009

Director/WriterA musical theatre composed by Younghun Lee based on Anton Chekhov’s short story of the same title.

Director-composer collaboration of new work development.

 

B-Alive!

La MaMa ETC, New York, NY, 2008

Director

A touring dance theatre production with world champion B-Boys and Hip-Hop dancers.

 

The Doctor

The Music Now Prague Festival, Czech Republic

Director/Writer/Production Designer

New chamber opera composed by Martin Herman based on Anton Chekhov’s short story of the same title.

Director-composer collaboration of new work development.  The Californian production was invited to Prague and Bruno in Czech Republic funded by Trust for Mutual Understanding.

 

Orlando

Long Beach Opera-Downtown Opera, CA

Director/Co-Production DesignerChamber opera composed by Martin Herman.  The original story by Virginia Woolf.  Director-composer collaboration of new work development.

 

Consumer’s Paradise

Long Beach Opera-Downtown Opera, CA

Director/Co-Production Designer

Opera composed by William HoustonDirector-composer collaboration of new work development.

 

Dido & Aeneas

CSULB Opera, Long Beach, CA

Director

Fully-staged student opera production of California State University Opera Program.  Composed by H. Purcell.

 

Der Schauspieldirektor

CSULB Opera, Long Beach

Director

Fully-staged student opera production of California State University Opera Program.  Composed by W. A. Mozart.

 

Operatic Scene Highlights

CSULB Opera, Long Beach

Director

Various scenes from La Rondine, Der Rosenkavalie, La Traviata, Dialogue des Carmetlies, and Centrillon.

 

Telephone

West Valley Opera Theater, Los Angeles, CA

Director/Production Designer

Opera composed by G.C. Menotti

 

Coffee Cantata

West Valley Opera Theater, Los Angeles, CA

Director/Production DesignerFully staged opera style cantata J. S. Bach.

 

Amahl & the Night Visitors

 

La Calisto

 

Days & Nights

 

The Fishbow

 

The Hostage

 

Antigone

 

The Letter & 4 plays by S. Beckett

 

Cavalleria rusticana

 

and More

 

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