The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island Since 1954
Our Directors We are very excited to introduce our directors for our 2018 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience! Stage Director Alexander Paul Sheerin and Music Director Conrad Chu!
Alexander Paul Sheerin Stage Director ﷯Alexander Sheerin is an emerging director based on Long Island. In the summer of 2017, he co-directed the sold out revue The Very Best of Gilbert and Sullivan at the Brevard Music Center's Janiec Opera Company, staging several numbers from shows such as The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Gondoliers. Also at Brevard, Mr. Sheerin co-directed the "Piccolo Opera" scenes showcase featuring excerpts from Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Cosi fan Tutte, Giulio Cesare, and Orlando. As an Assistant Director, credits include Street Scene and Le Nozze di Figaro (Director, Dean Anthony), Don Pasquale (Director, David Gately,) all with the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard, as well as Romeo and Juliet with the Moores Opera Center of the University of Houston. As a singer, Mr. Sheerin has performed a wide variety of roles in the operatic repertoire including Albert Herring, Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Prunier in La Rondine and more. Alexander holds a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory.
Conrad Chu Music Director ﷯Conductor and pianist Conrad Chu has built a reputation in New York as an artist equally well-versed in opera and orchestral repertoire, with a strong affinity for contemporary styles. A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, he came to New York 20 years ago to attend Mannes School of Music for a master’s in orchestral conducting, where his mentors were Michael Charry and Samuel Wong. After graduating, he made his New York conducting debut in 2001 as an assistant conductor for the Bronx Opera Company. Currently, Mr. Chu is at the final stage for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in contemporary music (conducting track) from Bowling Green State University in northwest Ohio. From 2008 to 2012 he served as doctoral assistant conductor for the school orchestra, Bowling Green Philharmonia, working with music director Dr. Emily Freeman Brown. Since returning to New York in 2012, Mr. Chu has been recruited by opera companies that specialize in small-scale productions. In 2013 he was appointed assistant conductor with Gotham Chamber Opera, formerly the nation’s leading company for the chamber opera repertoire. Mr. Chu assisted on several of Gotham’s contemporary productions, including operas by Daniel Catán, Lembit Beecher and Kaija Saariaho. In the last two seasons, Mr. Chu has debuted as guest music director for two innovative opera companies. In November 2015, he led the world premiere of a new one-act called Heartbreak Express for Rhymes With Opera, a Manhattan-based contemporary opera ensemble. Written by composer George Lam and librettist John Clum, the story was based on a documentary film about the legendary Dolly Parton and the impact she has on her "super-fans". In August 2016, Mr. Chu debuted as guest conductor with Victory Hall Opera in Charlottesville, Virginia, a new company established by former Met and City Opera singers. He was invited to conduct the company’s first full-length show, a chamber version of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, which was updated to the present and reduced to the five principal characters. In May 2018, Mr. Chu will return to music direct for Rhymes With Opera’s 10th anniversary in a new one-act based on the Grimm fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin.
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