Karen Tiller on HPR’s The Conversation
Karen Tiller, the director of Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, stopped by Hawaii Public Radio on Monday morning for The Conversation with Beth-Ann Kozlovich and Chris Vandercook.
Karen shared what she loves about the piece, how it’s different from other operas she’s directed, and she gave behind-the-scenes insights into the rehearsal process.
It’s true to life. That’s one of the things that makes this production so interesting to me as a director. It’s very conversational, it’s very modern, and it’s very in-the-moment. It’s very much like our own families – good things and bad things. There’s dysfunction in every family, there’s secrets in every family, and the process of sort of peeling back the layers of relationships as we go through these three decades is very interesting dramatically… The audience will become engaged from the very beginning, because it feels real.” – Karen Tiller
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Ms. Tiller has directed several critically acclaimed HOT productions including: Susannah, Jun Kaneko’s Madama Butterfly, The Pearl Fishers, and the 2013 production of Turandot. Other notable productions in her career include Sweeney Todd at HOT, The Turn of the Screw at Opera Memphis and Orpheo et Euridice at OFNJ. Before directing, Ms. Tiller served as HOT’s Executive Director for almost ten years, leaving that role in 2013 to take on the challenging position of mother to Sophia, adding Eli in 2016. In addition to directing for HOT, Karen serves as Treasurer for the national board of the Joyful Heart Foundation and sits on the board of the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. Ms. Tiller also serves as an Oahu Commissioner for the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.