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John Conklin

John Conklin is an internationally-recognized set designer and dramaturg. He has designed sets on and off-Broadway, at the Kennedy Center and for opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bastille Opera in Paris, the Royal Opera and the opera houses of Munich, Amsterdam, and Bologna, among many others. Mr. Conklin is on the faculty of New York University’s Tisch School and has served as the Artistic Advisor to BLO since 2009.

Recent Posts

HIGH NOTES: Just Kidding…

Sep 16, 2016 4:15:31 PM
By John Conklin posted in #CarmenBLO, #40DaysofOpera, Cartoons

Carmen cartoon carnage (with ants).... And while we’re on the subject of “Tom and Jerry,” I just can’t resist recalling and posting here my favorite classical music cartoon…
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HIGH NOTES: The Best Entrance Music Ever Given – The Habanera

Sep 14, 2016 1:22:09 PM
By John Conklin posted in #CarmenBLO, #40DaysofOpera, Habenera, Carmen

The Best Entrance Music Ever Given- The Habanera. We start, of course, with Carmen and the best and sexiest entrance music ever given to any operatic character: the Habanera. And…it’s NOT BY BIZET!
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The Merry Widow Waltz Is Everywhere

Apr 21, 2016 2:47:00 PM
By John Conklin posted in 2015/16 Season, Lehar, The Merry Widow, Waltz

The Merry Widow Waltz Is...
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A Man in Six Portraits: Franz Lehár

Apr 8, 2016 8:33:00 AM
By John Conklin posted in 2015/16 Season, Lehar, The Merry Widow

Lehár himself lived a long life that in its fluctuating fortunes seems to mirror the shifting and ultimately tragic tides of the times he lived through. John Conklin has chosen six images which encapsulate Lehár's fascinating journey.
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Goethe and Opera

Mar 11, 2016 1:06:00 PM
By John Conklin posted in 2015/16 Season, Goethe, Werther

Goethe and Opera
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Massenet—Beyond Werther

Mar 3, 2016 2:48:00 PM
By John Conklin posted in 2015/16 Season, Massenet, Werther

Massenet—Beyond Werther
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The Merry Widow Recommendations

Feb 1, 2016 3:01:00 PM
By John Conklin posted in 2015/16 Season, Lehar, Recommendations, The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow Recommendations
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Get to Know Lehár's The Merry Widow

Feb 1, 2016 3:01:00 PM
By John Conklin posted in 2015/16 Season, Lehar, The Merry Widow, Vienna

Get to Know Lehár's The Merry Widow
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Get to Know Massenet’s Werther

Jan 25, 2016 3:30:00 PM
By John Conklin posted in 2015/16 Season, French, German, Massenet, New Production, Werther

Get to Know Massenet’s Werther
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Werther Recommendations

Jan 25, 2016 3:30:00 PM
By John Conklin posted in 2015/16 Season, Massenet, Recommendations, Werther

Werther Recommendations
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