The Artists
Artistic and Managing Directors
Jonathon Field Jonathon Field - Artistic Director

Jonathon Field has become one of America's more versatile and popular stage directors, having directed over seventy-five productions in all four corners of the United States. His productions for Lyric Opera of Chicago include Trouble in Tahiti, Gianni Schicchi, The Old Maid and The Thief and The Spanish Hour, which were so successful they were repeated at the Illinois Humanities Festival with Stephen Sondheim as keynote speaker. For San Francisco Opera's Western Opera Theatre he directed productions of La Cenerentola and Die Fledermaus which played in over 20 states, as well as an updated version of La Bohème for Seattle Opera. Field directed Eugene Onegin, The Love for Three Oranges and Boris Godunov in Russian at San Francisco. Additionally, he has directed ten productions with the Arizona Opera, being deemed by the press "their most perceptive stage director," and has worked there with such esteemed artists as Teresa Zylis-Gara, Jerome Hines, Pablo Elvira, Giorgio Tozzi and Angelina Reux.

Mr. Field's versatility extends from the avant garde to musical comedies. He has successfully introduced computer generated scenery to the world of opera in a production of Candide that was called by the San Francisco press "virtual Voltaire - the backgrounds are as varied as the story." He has also pioneered the use of video projected scenery in productions of The Turn of the Screw, Tales of Hoffman, and Der Freischutz which have brought praise from audience and critics alike. In the realm of operetta and musicals he has staged H.M.S. Pinafore for Opera Omaha, Trial by Jury for Lake George Opera, Bernstein's Wonderful Town in Chicago and Merry Widow and Countess Maritza in San Francisco. For the Oakland Symphony he translated and choreographed Stravinsky's Pulcinella using members of the Oakland Ballet.

Mr. Field has worked on several world premieres, most notably assisting Robert Altman with Bolcom's McTeague at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and David Alden with Susa's The Love of Don Perlimplin with San Francisco Opera.

In addition to being the artistic director of Lyric Opera Cleveland, Mr. Field serves as the head of the opera department at Oberlin College in Ohio.


Don Bernardo Donald Bernardo - Managing Director

Starting his second season with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Donald Bernardo brings sixteen years of experience in administration, marketing and fund development for a variety of organizations ranging from arts councils and "united arts funds" to Equity theatre companies.

After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Drama from the University of Toronto and the M.B.A. in Arts Management from the State University of New York at Binghamton, Bernardo served as assistant director of the Broome County Arts Council (Binghamton, NY) and President/CEO of the Erie Area Fund for the Arts (Erie, PA), and was an interim managing director for the Cider Mill Playhouse, an Equity theatre company in Endicott, NY. He has served as a grants panelist for the New York and Pennsylvania state arts councils and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was a regional director and board member for the Pennsylvania Arts Alliance (Pennsylvania's arts advocacy coalition).

Bernardo taught arts management at Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA), and an audience development class for the Department of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration's graduate program at the University of Akron. He comes to Lyric after having served as Director of Corporate Philanthropy for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where in 2002 he worked to secure the single largest cash contribution from a corporation ($50 million) in the Clinic's history.

In addition to his management expertise, Don has extensive on- and off-stage experience in both amateur and professional theatrical productions. He has performed numerous roles with the Erie Playhouse, where his favorite productions included Pirates of Penzance and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He returned to Erie in May 2001 to perform as best man Barry Wheeler in a special benefit production of Tony n'Tina's Wedding that played to sold-out houses. Don also helped found Erie's alternative theatre company, The Roadhouse Theatre, and performed there in productions of Sam Shepard's Buried Child, Christopher Durang's Baby with the Bathwater and David Ives' All in the Timing.

 

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