- Resident Artists
"My own feeling is that scientific inquiry into the ways of the world is an act of sustained, intense attention, which is another way of saying an act of love. Like all great scientists, Galileo was overawed by the complexity and elegance of nature, and his work can be seen as a long hymn to its unfathomable beauty."
"When I learned that Galileo's father, Vincenzio Galilei, was a famous musician and composer and one who is sometimes credited with the invention of the opera form, I felt that our opera should move back far enough to include this fact ... thus moving towards its own origin, as the character of Galileo moves towards his."
- Mary Zimmerman, "Director's Note: A Note on the Libretto" Program notes, Goodman Theatre, 2002
Mary Zimmerman speaks about what attracted her to directing opera in this interview with Natalie Dessay, who performed the title role when Zimmerman directed Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera.
Mary Zimmerman spoke about the groundbreaking career of composer Philip Glass, when he received a 2010 Opera Honors Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mary Zimmerman sat down to speak about the value of theatre while she was directing Candide at Huntington Theatre.
Learn more about Portland Opera's upcoming production of GALILEO GALILEI here.