Sarah Ina Meyers

Stage Director and Author

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Bio

Sarah Meyers is a stage director based in NY, where she has been a member of the directing staff at the Metropolitan Opera since 2006. In 2018, she directed the premiere presentation of Gregg Kallor’s Dramatic Sketches from Frankenstein as part of the exciting new performance series, The Angel’s Share, at Green-Wood Cemetery. The production received rave reviews and was recently declared one of WQXR’s standout performances of 2018. Operawire described the performance as “riveting … an extraordinary experience” and Limelight extolled Meyers’s direction as “perfectly finessed…. Powerful and meticulous.” Meyers’s collaboration with Kallor built upon their previous success with his monodrama, The Tell-Tale Heart, produced with On-Site Opera in 2016 to wide critical acclaim. The NY Observer’s James Jorden declared the “starkly simple production” to be “one of the most effective stagings I’ve seen.”

Ms. Meyers made her directing debut with Washington National Opera in 2015, with a production of Hansel and Gretel hailed as a "scrumptious holiday treat" by DC Metro Arts. Her 2014 production of the new opera Gallo by Ken Ueno was hailed as “one of Guerilla Opera’s best” and highly praised by the Boston Globe for its inventiveness and “striking tableaux.” In November 2013, she directed a production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde called “enchanting” by NY Times reviewer Anthony Tommasini. The opera was produced by the Music School of Lighthouse International in conjunction with Arts at the Park. Other recent directorial credits include Dido and Aeneas for the Juilliard School of Music, Carmen and The Magic Flute for the Crested Butte Music Festival, and revivals of Franco Zeffirelli's La Traviata and Mary Zimmerman's Lucia di Lammermoor for the Metropolitan Opera.

She is passionate about the development and performance of contemporary opera, as demonstrated by her work with Kallor and Ueno. She also served as the associate director to Julie Taymor for Elliot Goldenthal's Grendel at LA Opera and the Lincoln Center Festival. She assisted Francesca Zambello on the premier of Rachel Portman's The Little Prince, and directed the production in several revivals, including San Francisco Opera, Lithuania National Opera, and New York City Opera. She is currently working as the associate director to Stephen Wadsworth on That's Not Tango, a singular show which interweaves the narrative of the life of Astor Piazzolla with his music.

Ms. Meyers is an enthusiastic educator, and has directed and taught for companies including Juilliard, Aspen Opera Theater Center, and Wolf Trap Opera. She has a B.A. from Harvard University in Music and Philosophy, and recently completed a PhD in Theatre at Columbia University, where she wrote her dissertation about the experience of the uncanny in contemporary performance. She is also the author of a new translation and adaptation of Die Fledermaus, which debuted with Boston University's Tanglewood Institute in 2016, in a production she also directed. The adaptation is scheduled for performances with MassOpera in April, 2019.

Upcoming projects include a new production of Rigoletto in Seoul in March, 2019.