Brent Krysa makes his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in April 2014 as Director of The Marriage of Figaro.
In 1996, Brent Krysa began his directing career in Montreal with an acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins, which played to sold out houses and garnered a spot in the Montreal Gazette's “Top Ten Productions” of 1996. In the following two years his productions of A Little Night Music (1997) at the Monument Nationale and Company (1998) also received spots in the Gazette's top ten list, each in their respective years.
In 1998 and 1999, while studying at the University of Toronto's Opera School, Mr. Krysa was invited to direct two operas for McGill University's opera program, Euridice and La Calisto. Since then, he has been a guest Director at many Universities including The University of Western Ontario, Laurier University, Dalhousie and Indiana University.
In 1998, Brent toured his production of Company to Waterloo and with two of his colleagues, formed Second Company, a theatre company dedicated to producing music theatre and opera. In 1999 a federal grant was secured and a season of four productions – The Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd, Candide and Die Zauberflöte – was produced. In June of the following year, the company was presented with a Waterloo Arts Council Leading Edge Award.
Upon completion of his studies, Mr. Krysa accepted an assistant directing contract at the Canadian Opera Company and was engaged to direct, design and adapt their school touring productions of Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, and most recently The Barber of Seville. To date he has worked on nineteen productions for the company.
For Opera Hamilton Brent has directed Il nozze di Figaro (2010) and Il barbiere di Siviglia (2011). He wrote an English adaptation of The Magic Flute with Peter Tiefenbach and directed a production at the Glenn Gould Studio of the Royal Conservatory of Music. He also directed Sweeney Todd for Dalhousie Opera in Halifax. In 2012 he directed La Calisto for the Royal Conservatory in Koerner Hall and assisted Lee Blakeley on his production of Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Canadian Opera Company.
Brent has also worked as an Assistant Director for Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, The Banff Centre, Opera Hamilton, Welsh National Opera, the Wexford Opera Festival, Opera Centrum Netherlands and the Rossini Festival in Italy. Other directing credits include work for Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, The Lugo Festival (Italy) and The Twentieth Century Song Foundation (Netherlands).
Brent is a past member of the McGill Symphony Orchestra, The Montreal Youth Symphony, The Sault Symphony Orchestra, The Interlochen Arts Center and is a past recipient of the Canada Council's Emerging Artist Award for Directors in Opera.
Stage director Brent Krysa did a fine job with the young cast, with some genuinely funny moments
Joseph So, Opera Canada review of Opera Hamilton's Il barbiere di Siviglia, 2011.
Director Brent Krysa invested the production with many nice comic touches ... and maintained a good pace that in the end left you patting yourself on the back for being wise enough to see it.
James Karas, review of Opera Hamilton's The Marriage of Figaro, 2010.