Redden Provided Artistic Leadership of the Critically Acclaimed Festival for Nearly Two Decades
After nearly 20 years leading the internationally focused Lincoln Center Festival, Director Nigel Redden announced today that the 2017 Festival will be his last. He will step down in September to concentrate on the artistic expansion of the annual Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, where he serves as general director, as well as other global artistic projects. As Lincoln Center Festival’s director since 1998, Redden has overseen its 1,465 performances of opera, music, dance, theater, and interdisciplinary engagements by internationally acclaimed artists from more than 50 countries. To date, the festival has commissioned more than 44 new works and offered some 145 world, U.S., and New York premieres.
Redden said, “The Lincoln Center Festival provides a unique opportunity to complement the important work of the constituent companies with performances of classic traditions from around the world, as well as major new works that would not otherwise be seen in New York. The artistic scope has been very broad and the support provided by Lincoln Center’s leadership has been inspirational- whether it was to produce a 19-hour long Kunju opera, construct a replica of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s home theater here in New York, or mount an event that extended from Roosevelt Island to Times Square and back to the Chrysler Building.”
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