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Chas Rader-Shieber

Chas Rader-Shieber

Acis, Galatea, & Polyphemus: Director & Set Designer

Stage Director Chas Rader-Shieber is known both for his bold and inventive productions and for his acute musical instincts. Reviewing his staging of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Toronto’s Classical 96.3 FM praised Mr. Rader-Shieber’s “daring and visionary approach to staging” and declared him “a force to be reckoned with in the opera world.”

Mr. Rader-Shieber’s 2023-2024 season began with a company debut as he directed Le nozze di Figaro with New Orleans Opera. He then returned to Curtis Institute of Music for Handel’s oratorio, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, where he served as both stage director and costume designer. During the summer, Chas continued his long-standing relationship with Des Moines Metro Opera directing a new production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.

2022-2023 featured a debut for Mr. Rader-Shieber with Orpheus PDX, directing a new production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, followed by a return to Curtis Institute of Music for Dangerous Liasons, rescheduled from the 2021-22 season. He also traveled to the Rocky Mountains for a new production of Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt with Opera Colorado.

In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Rader-Shieber returned to Des Moines Metro Opera for a new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, collaborating with frequent design partner Jacob A. Climer. During the COVID-19 impacted 2020-2021 season, his engagements included a film entitled Mercy, inspired by Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, which he co-directed with Alek Shrader for the Curtis Institute of Music, a new production of Rameau’s Platée at Des Moines Metro Opera, and a reprisal of his acclaimed production of Orfeo ed Euridice at The Dallas Opera (cancelled).

Mr. Rader-Shieber has enjoyed a long relationship with the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, where he has directed over 30 operas, among them Il barbiere di Siviglia, La clemenza di TitoCapriccioAriadne auf NaxosDie Zauberflöte, Henze’sElegy for Young LoversIdomeneo, Rossini’s Il viaggio a ReimsAntony and CleopatraDido and Aeneas, and Alcina. He has also established lasting relationships with multiple other companies, such as Des Moines Metro Opera (Rameau’s PlateéeRusalka, Gluck’s OrfeoDie Entführung aus dem serail), Portland Opera (La finta giardinieraDie FledermausRinaldo, Gluck’s Orfeo), and Pinchgut Opera (Hasse’s Artaserse, Cavalli’s Giasone, Charpentier’s David et JonathasL’amant jaloux).

In addition, his productions have been seen around the world, at houses such as Lyric Opera of ChicagoSan Francisco OperaSanta Fe Opera, Houston Grand OperaWashington National OperaNew York City OperaOpera Theatre St. LouisBoston Lyric OperaLos Angeles Opera, and many more.

Among his many other Handel credits, he directed lavish and modern stagings of Semele for the Arizona Opera and the Skylight Opera TheatreAlcina at the Curtis Institute of MusicGiulio Cesare at the PittsburghMinnesota and Edmonton Operas, and Tamerlano at the Spoleto Festival USA. He has also directed other Baroque operas, including Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Pittsburgh Opera Center and the Curtis Institute, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Curtis Institute.

Mr. Rader-Shieber has served as Artistic Director of the Skylight Opera Theatre, and on the faculty of The Juilliard School and the Music Academy of the West.