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Leonard Foglia


Leonard Foglia is a theater and opera director, as well as librettist. His work has been seen on Broadway, across the country, and internationally.

As a director, his opera credits include the premieres of three operas by Jake Heggie: Moby Dick (Dallas Opera, San Diego, Calgary, Opera of South Australia, San Francisco Opera--this production was filmed for PBS' Great Performances), Three Decembers (Houston Grand Opera, SFO, Chicago), and The End of the Affair (HGO, Madison, Seattle). His production of Heggie's Dead Man Walking has been seen across the country.

As a librettist, his mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon), music by Jose "Pepe" Martinez, had its premiere at HGO in 2010 and since has been performed at San Diego Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago as well as the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. A Coffin in Egypt, music by Ricky Ian Gordon, will premiere at Houston Grand Opera in March 2014.

His theater credits include the original Broadway productions of Master Class (also national tour and West End), Thurgood (also the Kennedy Center where it was filmed for HBO), and The People in the Picture, as well as the revivals of Wait Until Dark and On Golden Pond. He directed Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy Off-Broadway and on tour (filmed for PBS' Great Performances). Other New York productions: The Stendhal Syndrome (Primary Stages) and the Encores! presentation of One Touch of Venus (City Center).

Regional productions include Unusual Acts of Devotion (Philadelphia Theater Company), Distracted (Mark Taper), Things Being What They Are (Bay Street), Paper Doll, The Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn (Pittsburgh Public), The Subject Was Roses (Kennedy Center), Seascape, A Coffin in Egypt, The Woman In Black (Bay Street), God's Man in Texas, Dinner with Friends (The Old Globe Theatre).

Mr. Foglia has written five books with David Richards: the mystery novels 1 Ragged Ridge Road and Face Down in the Park and the thrillers The Sudarium Trilogy: The Surrogate, The Son, The Savior.

(June 2013)
Leonard Foglio