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How Opera And Theater Director Peter Sellars Sees The World Differently

The director of works such as Nixon In China talks about his art with Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse.

Peters Sellars and Ernie Manouse
Michael Hagerty
Renowned theater and opera director Peters Sellars poses with Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse.


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Renowned theatre and opera director Peter Sellars was in Houston recently for a show at the Asia Society Texas Center. The last time Sellars was in Houston – 30 years ago – the Houston Grand Opera staged the world premiere of Nixon in China. The musical was one of Sellars' earliest projects, and, as a result, Houston occupies a very special place in his heart.

One of Sellars' calling cards is setting classic works in new environments. For example, while in college at Harvard, he once staged Antony and Cleopatra in a swimming pool. Later in his career, he set the opera Don Giovanni in New York City’s Spanish Harlem.

Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse sat down with Sellars while he was in town to talk about how he sees the world differently.

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