Ned Canty

General Director of Opera Memphis in a set of his own design.

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2. Lightning bolt of Jupiter signed by cast: From a production of Orpheus in the Underworld Canty directed at Julliard in 2002 that became very personal. “The day we opened, the fella who was playing Jupiter got sick. We thought, ‘Fine, he has an understudy,’ but the understudy learned all of the music and none of the dialogue. So, I ended up having to go on since I knew the dialogue, and the understudy sang from the side of the stage.”


3. Mikado set model: “In 2007, I directed The Mikado in St. Louis, and this was the model from the original production. This was one of the most enjoyable shows I ever worked on. It was a great cast, a great atmosphere, and a great opera company [Opera Theatre of St. Louis]. As the show was done, they broke the model apart and sold bits and pieces, and I’ve actually been able to buy back most of it. So, next year we’re going to put the show back together.” The show was so well received that it made the cover of Europe’s Opera magazine, and after a 12-year-old girl saw a student matinee she decided to have her birthday there.


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