Mark Streshinsky makes his Seattle Opera directing debut with Verdi’s Traviata, after serving as the assistant director for Offenbach’s Contes d’Hoffmann in 2005. Recent directing credits include Bizet’s Carmen in Cincinnati, where he has also directed Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Offenbach’s Contes d'Hoffmann, Puccini’s Bohème in Dallas, Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Kansas City, Puccini’s Tosca in Sacramento, and Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro and Rossini’s Cenerentola for Michigan Opera Theatre. He directed the world premiere of David Carlson’s Anna Karenina in Miami and St. Louis. This fall he becomes Artistic Director of Berkley Opera, where he has previously directed four productions: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, the world premiere of Clark Suprynowicz’s Chrysalis, and Legend of the Ring, a one-evening version of Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen. Streshinsky regularly directs fire operas and fire ballets for The Crucible, an industrial arts center in Oakland, California.