Artistic Director

Ben Robinson is the Artistic Director of Opera Ithaca and Raylynmor Opera (New Hampshire), as well as the Managing Director of Lyric Fest (Philadelphia). A critically acclaimed tenor, he works as a stage director, librettist, and educator. As a stage director, he has mounted numerous productions, highlighted by new productions for which he also wrote new English libretti: Madame ButterflyMacbethHansel and Gretel, and The Barber of Seville. This season, he wrote new libretti for Die Fledermaus and Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon. Other directing credits at Raylynmor include Gianni SchicchiAmahl and the Night Visitors, and La Tragédie de Carmen. Upcoming projects for the 2020-2021 season include directing the filmed production of Gianni Schicchi for Opera Ithaca along with a revival of his innovative production of Bon Appétit! | Hansel and Gretel. He will direct a filmed production of Pagliacci and stage direct Aida, as well as write a new English libretto for Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne for Raylynmor. He will serve as guest director for Suor Angelica for West Texas A&M University and Gianni Schicchi for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre (Iowa). 

Recent performing credits include Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore with Eugene Opera, Chip in On the Town with Resonance Works Pittsburgh, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. Other credits include the Game Keeper in Rusalka with Resonance Works Pittsburgh, the title role in Candide and Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Opera in the Heights, Joe in La fanciualla del West with Michigan Opera Theatre, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Indianapolis Opera, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Amarillo Opera, the Electrician in Powder Her Face with Skylight Music Theatre, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Anchorage Opera, Flamand in Capriccio with Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and Basilio/Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro with Salt Marsh Opera. He recently appeared with the Southwestern Suburban Symphony in an all-Bernstein program, including Tony in the West Side Story Suite, Jim in Gift of the Magi with Queens Opera Theatre, and made his Carnegie Hall debut singing the role of Draco from the Final Fantasy video game opera, Maria and Draco.

 

Other career credits include Hydrogen Jukebox, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld, Abdallo in Nabucco, Don Anchise in La finta giardiniera,  Henrik in A Little Night Music, Antinoo in Antígona Furiosa, Spoletta in Tosca, Malcom in Macbeth, Charles in The Hotel Casablanca, Laurie in Little Women,  Gernando in L'isola disabitata, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, and the title role of The Wandering Scholar

Director of the Apprentice Artist Program

Lynn Craver is a versatile coloratura soprano and actress.  She has performed roles including Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Marion in The Music Man, Hélène in Une éducation manquée , Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Madame Hertz in Der Schauspieldirektor, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflote, Ermia in Il Sogno, The Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel, and Cunegonde in Candide among others. An active member of the Ithaca arts community, Lynn is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of Opera Ithaca, served as Development Assistant for the Kitchen Theatre, was Production Coordinator for the former Ithaca Opera, and has performed with community arts organizations including the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Triphammer Arts Inc., Cornell Savoyards, Kitchen Theatre Company, and Women’s Works as well as appearing in recital at various local venues.  Also dedicated to the art of teaching, Lynn instructs voice at the Performing Arts Department, SUNY Cortland, is the Director of the Apprentice Artist program at Opera Ithaca, and teaches a private voice studio in Ithaca, NY.  Lynn earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College.

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