Susan Stone Li is a stage director with a diverse background in opera and musical theatre. In the 2014/15 season she makes her debut with Houston's Opera in the Heights directing a new production of Verdi's Rigoletto, as well as her debut with The Atlanta Opera directing the spring studio tour of The Marriage of Figaro. She also returns to the Houston Grand Opera in October as assistant director for Cosi fan tutte with director Harry Silverstein. After serving as assistant director to John Caird for a new production of La bohème at Houston Grand Opera in 2012, Stone Li made her HGO directorial debut remounting the production in 2013 at the Miller Outdoor Theater and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion. She has served as assistant director at HGO for Mary Stuart in 2012 and Fidelio in 2011, in addition to previous seasons with Opera Grand Rapids and New Orleans Opera. In the summer months she enjoys working at Aspen Opera Theater Center and Wolf Trap Opera, where she was on the production team for the world premiere of John Musto and Mark Campbell’s The Inspector. Additional operatic credits include new productions of The Medium with Florida State University, The Telephone with Rice University, and Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opera Kadop.
Ms. Li has served in various administrative and creative roles for Wolf Trap Opera, most recently as coordinator for WTO’s outreach program. Through her ability to transition classical production aesthetics into non-traditional spaces throughout the Washington D.C. area, Ms. Li assists Wolf Trap Opera’s commitment to being on the forefront of new and innovative performances. Last year she created a social media initiative for Wolf Trap Opera’s social engagement program called “The Lucretia Project.” Ms. Li’s initiative was noted by Anne Midget in the Washington Post’s review of WTO’s production of The Rape of Lucretia.
Upcoming engagements for the spring season include production stage management for Tulsa Opera and a world premiere at Opera Southwest.