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Cori Ellison


A leading creative figure in the opera world, Cori Ellison is staff dramaturg at Santa Fe Opera, and has previously served in that role at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and New York City Opera. She also teaches dramaturgy for American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program and was the first dramaturg invited to participate in the Yale Institute for Music Theatre. Ellison has been a sought-after developmental dramaturg to numerous composers, librettists, and commissioners, including Glyndebourne, Canadian Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Arizona Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Beth Morrison Projects. She has served as production dramaturg for projects including L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cincinnati Opera; Orphic Moments, Salzburg Landestheater, National Sawdust, and Master Voices; Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo, National Sawdust; Ring cycle, Washington National Opera; The Nose, Opera Boston; and Offenbach!!!, Bard Summerscape. Her English-singing translations include Hansel and Gretel, New York City Opera; La vestale, English National Opera; and Shostakovich’s Cherry Tree Towers, Bard Summerscape. She creates supertitles for opera companies across the English-speaking world, and helped launch Met Titles, the Met’s simultaneous translation system. Ellison is a member of the Vocal Arts Faculty at The Juilliard School and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute.