January 25, 2014, 12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Metropolitan Opera
invite you to a special HD broadcast of

Presented in HD and 5.1 sound

Composed by Giuseppe Verdi

12:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 25th, 2013

There will be a pre-opera discussion from 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.
by Ken Cazan, Chair of Vocal Performing Arts and Opera and Resident Stage Director for the USC Thornton School of Music

Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre / Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
USC School of Cinematic Arts

Open to the public. Admission is free, electronic reservations are required.

Please RSVP via the reservations link at the top of this website. Please do not attempt to reserve seats via telephone or e-mail.

About Falstaff

An undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsen’s production—the first new Met Falstaff since 1964—is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. Ambrogio Maestri (last season’s Dulcamara in the Opening Night production of L’Elisir d’Amore) sings the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa, and Franco Vassallo.

Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 50 min. In Italian, with English subtitles.

There will be a pre-opera discussion from 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. hosted by Ken Cazan, Chair of Vocal Performing Arts and Opera and Resident Stage Director for the USC Thornton School of Music.


About the Guest

KEN CAZAN, Chair of Vocal Performing Arts and Opera and Resident Stage Director for the USC Thornton School of Music

Ken Cazan is the Chair of Vocal Performing Arts and Opera and Resident Stage Director for the USC Thornton School of Music. He has directed over 150 productions of opera, musical theater, and plays in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Most recently, he directed West Side Story as the inaugural production for the new Kilden Teater in Kristiansand, Norway. This was preceded by another new production of West Side Story for the Vancouver Opera in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Career highlights include directing the American opera house staged premieres of Britten’s Gloriana, Handel’s Agrippina, and Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto. He staged the Gershwins’ Lady Be Good! at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Italy which marked the first time an Italian opera company had produced an original production of a musical. Also, in Italy, Cazan directed a semi-staged production of Puccini’s La Boheme in collaboration with Leonard Bernstein. The production was recorded on Deutsche Grammaphon and released on video worldwide by RAI. Another career highlight was the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s and J.D. McClatchy’s opera Miss Lonelyhearts written in commemoration of the Juilliard School’s 100th anniversary. This production marked the first time an opera had been written and produced in co-production with two other universities, USC Thornton and the Cincinnati University College Conservatory of Music. Recent work includes Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! for the Central City Opera which marked Cazan’s 11th year with the company. He has directed frequently for the Santa Fe Opera, the Seattle Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Chicago Opera Theatre, Canadian Opera Company, the Milwaukee Chamber Theater, and many others.

Cazan directed Philip Glass’ Fall of the House of Usher in a co-production with both the Long Beach Opera (for whom he directed Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen) and Chicago Opera Theatre (for whom he has directed Hagen’s Shining Brow, Britten’s Death in Venice, a double bill of Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung by Bartok and Berg, and Owen Wingrave by Britten) and will return to Central City to direct Ned Rorem’s Our Town, starring Anna Christie. At USC Thornton, he directed the West Coast premieres of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot and Miss Lonelyhearts and in the fall of 2012, directed the West Coast premiere of Hoiby’s The Tempest. Cazan has also written a musical, Prodigy, with composer Billy Pace, based on the life and death of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat which was performed with the Los Angeles Festival of New American Musicals. In addition, he is writing the libretto for a new opera with composer Thomas Morse, based on the life of Emilie Schindler, titled Rubble Women.  

Previous educational work includes teaching acting for the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artists Program, the University of Michigan, directing for the Cincinnati University College Conservatory of Music, Indiana University School of Music, Academy of Vocal Arts, Curtis Institute of Music, and Ohio State University, and Master Classes for the University of Nebraska/Omaha and Kent State University. Awards include Outstanding Director for a Theatrical Production Marlowe Award for his production of L’incoronazione di Poppea for the Central City Opera and Outstanding Director for the prestigious Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera. In 2007, Cazan was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Kent State University and in 2010 he received the Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award from USC Thornton.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is presented free of charge and is open to all. The theater will be OVERBOOKED to ensure capacity and the RSVP list will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no reserved seating. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will be automatically sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Check-in will begin at approximately 11:30 A.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Street parking is also available along W. Jefferson Boulevard.

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This program is generously sponsored by

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Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu