Elkhanah Pulitzer





Known for her bold, nuanced, and innovative stage direction, Elkhanah Pulitzer is an esteemed director of opera and theater.  A passionate storyteller, she currently serves as Artistic Curator for SF Opera Lab, an intimate, experimental programming branch of the San Francisco Opera. She has directed operas nationally and internationally including performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, LA Opera, Washington National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Omaha Opera Theater of Saint Louis, West Edge Opera, and Canadian Opera Company, among others.  As a director of theater, Ms. Pulitzer’s credits include work with Impact Theater, Cutting Ball, Riverside Theater, and Ensemble Theater Company.  Additionally, she wrote the libretto for Dream of the Pacific, an original opera about Lewis and Clark, which was honored with an Opera America Success Award.  Born in Boston and raised in Marin and St. Louis, Pulitzer is also board vice president of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, which supports experimentation in art installations and live programming.


Links to selected projects:

Nixon in China -- Los Angeles Philharmonic, 2017

The Gospel According to the Other Mary -- SF Symphony, 2017

Powder Her Face -- West Edge Opera, 2016

ChamberWORKS -- SF Opera Lab, 2016

Lulu -- West Edge Opera. 2015

Hydrogen Jukebox -- West Edge Opera, 2014

Lucia de Lammermoor -- Los Angeles Opera, 2014

The Flying Dutchman (Associate Director) -- San Francisco Opera, 2013

Mahagonny Songspiel -- West Edge Opera, 2012

The Tender Land -- Berkeley Opera, 2010

Judas Maccabaeus -- Los Angeles Opera, 2008

Dream of the Pacific (also librettist) -- Washington National Opera, 2006, Opera Omaha, 2005 Lyric Opera of Kansas City, 2005, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, 2004

Life is a Dream -- Riverside Theater, Columbia University, 2005

Untitled, a play about Mark Rothko (premiere) -- Schapiro Theater, NYC, 2004

The Cherry Orchard -- Columbia University, 2003

Venus und Adonis (Canadian premiere) -- Canadian Opera Company, 2001

Vasilisa and the Saga of Baba Yaga (premiere) -- Sneaky Pete Ensemble, 2000

Brundibar -- Opera Theatre of St. Louis, 1997

(Photo of Elkhanah by Kristen Loken)