Paula Suozzi

Stage Director

Ms. Suozzi is a freelance director of theater and opera.  As Associate Artistic Director at Skylight Opera, she directed several notable new productions of operas: a new version of Romeo et Juliette which combined Gounod with Shakespeare; Copland’s The Tender Land, filmed for PBS Television; Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (Journal Sentinel’s top 10 list); Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.  She has directed for the Lyric Opera of Chicago twice: bringing Robert Carsen’s acclaimed production of Eugene Onegin to Chicago and as Associate Director remounting the Lyric’s Tosca this past January.  Most recently, she directed a new production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucreita for the Toledo Opera.  Other productions with regional companies include: Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette at Cincinnati Opera; Verdi’s Luisa Miller and Smetana’s The Bartered Bride at Canadian Opera Company (Dora Mavor Moore nomination for Best Director); Mozart’s Die Zauberflote at Tulsa Opera Association, and a remount of her production of Weill’s The Threepenny Opera for Connecticut Grand Opera.  Ms. Suozzi has been an assistant director with both the San Francisco Opera Association and the Metropolitan Opera Association, where she has also worked with the Lindeman Young Artist Program coaching the singers for the National Council Auditions.  At Tanglewood Music Center, she served as acting coach to the opera singers. Ms. Suozzi’s theatre directing credits include Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker, Nicky Silver’s The Food Chain, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Twelfth Night.  Ms. Suozzi has been recognized in the Milwaukee Business Journal “40 Under 40” for success in her chosen field, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Milwaukee Magazine have recognized her as someone to watch within her field.