Seminar Presenters

Dramaturg Cori Ellison

Dramaturg Cori Ellison has served in that role at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where she oversaw the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet, and at New York City Opera, where she co-curated the VOX American Opera Showcase. She was recently dramaturg for Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian at Canadian Opera Company. She teaches opera dramaturgy for American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program, was the first dramaturg invited to participate in the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and currently serves as dramaturg for new opera initiatives at Canadian Opera Company, Opera Philadelphia, Arizona Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Pittsburgh Opera, Beth Morrison Projects, Indiana University, the Miller Theater, On-Site Opera, and Crane School of Music. She is a Vocal Arts faculty member at The Juilliard School and Ravinia's Steans Music Institute, and teaches, lectures, and writes for schools, performance venues, and media outlets worldwide.

Fred Kronacher

Fred Kronacher is a concert pianist, teacher, lecturer, and author. He has been the artistic director of Musical Experiences, based in Seattle for more than 25 years. Through this organization he has given regular concerts, talk and play musical presentations, and classes. Among these classes are series' dedicated to the operas of Mozart, Verdi and Puccini. Fred has served on the piano faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and is currently a member of the faculty at the New Mexico School of Music in Albuquerque. His book "Piano Variations" is available at Amazon.


Jennifer Rhodes specializes in the relationship between text, music, and the visual and performing arts. She has recently completed a Ph.D. in Italian and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where her dissertation explored Richard Wagner's influence on the novels of Gabriele d'Annunzio, Marcel Proust, and Thomas Mann. She teaches Masterpieces of Western Literature for Columbia's Core Curriculum, drawing heavily upon multimedia sources as she guides students through the literary lineage from Homer to Toni Morrison. However, her fondest area of interest is in operatic adaptation and translation. She has been a member of The Santa Fe Opera Titles Department since 2000.