JAMES KUSLAN                   

Although James Kuslan’s conservatory training was theatrical (M.F.A., Yale School of Drama) and he is a former Edward Albee Foundation Fellow in Playwriting, he has expressed his passion for opera and the singing voice in consultancy to the German classical music recording giant, Deutsche Grammophon, for which he served as a voice scout, compilation producer of vocal CDs, copy and headline writer and writer of corporate communications. His essays on Luciadi Lammermoor and Don Pasquale are included in the booklets that accompany the DVDs of the Metropolitan Opera’s most recent productions of those operas, both starring Anna Netrebko. As a writer of liner notes, his credits include the London label’s 20 CD collection, Opera Made Easy, featuring the artistry of tenor Luciano Pavarotti. In addition, he has written liner notes for the Philips and Sonoris labels, the latter a boutique brand engineered and produced by Leszek Wojcik, Chief Sound Engineer of Carnegie Hall. Kuslan’s original English language dialogue for a completely rethought telling of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus that clarifies the plot and honors the elegance of the musicwas performed by Salt Marsh Opera in 2009 in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Recently he contributed dialogue to the Emmy Award winning documentary detailing the creation of composer Sarah Meneely Kyder’s oratorio, Letters From Italy, 1944, narrated by Meryl Streep. He made his first appearance in Opera News, the internationally disseminated magazine of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, with a feature article on the legendary operatic stage director, Tito Capobianco, in the December 2015 issue. A frequent lecturer on topics operatic as well as a voice-over artist, Kuslan also assumes the mantle of Master of Ceremonies for concerts of classical music. Kuslan participated in a podcast devoted to Werther on New York City’s WQXR-FM’s new program, He Sang/She Sang, (www.wqxr.org/#!/story/werther-massenets-lovelorn-hero/) timed to coincide with the Metropolitan Opera’s March 2017 broadcast of the Massenet masterpiece. As a frequent host of Evening at the Opera, a popular program broadcast by Connecticut’s WMNR, an oasis of beautiful music on the FM dial that streams online at http://www.wmnr.org, he recently played and discussed Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Janáček’s Makropulos Case. Kuslan discusses “Che gelida manina,” Rodolfo’s first act La Bohème aria, on Aria Code, a new podcast co-produced by WQXR and the Metropolitan Opera: