This production of Norma marks Peter Kazaras’s directorial debut at a major opera company. He has sung many leading tenor roles with Seattle Opera since his debut here in 1985, when he sang Steva in Janacek’s Jenufa. Other Seattle Opera roles include Loge in the 1995 and the 2001 productions of Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen and Herod in last season’s production of R. Strauss’s Salome. Recent directing projects include Marschner’s Der Vampyr for Florida State University, Adamo’s Little Women for the Cabrillo Festival, Britten’s Turn of the Screw for the Chautauqua Institute Voice Department, and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella for Eos Orchestra (for whom he also staged Act III of Adams’ Nixon in China and excerpts from Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights). Kazaras also directed an evening of operetta for the New York Festival of Song and the initial fully-staged workshop of Sheffer’s Blood on the Dining Room Floor which led to its staging Off-Broadway. Kazaras designed lighting for Milwaukee Symphony performances of Britten’s War Requiem, for which he also sang the Tenor Soloist. Upcoming directing projects include Handel’s Acis and Galatea for Santa Fe Pro Musica and a double bill of Menotti’s Medium and Ibert’s Angélique for the Merola Program at San Francisco Opera Center.