E. Loren Meeker
E. Loren Meeker is a stage director and choreographer whose work has been seen at leading companies across the United States. She is a diverse artist with a background in dance and theatre which allows her to bring a unique vision to her work.
As a director Loren has received critical acclaim for recent productions of Lucia di Lammermoor at New Orleans Opera and Die Fledermaus at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Theodore P. Mahne of the Times-Picayune titled his review of Lucia, “’Lucia di Lammermoor’ more than a mad scene in director’s strong vision”. He went on to say, “Meeker's concept behind this weekend's production is to transfer Sir Walter Scott's Scottish tale from the late 16th-century House of Stuart to the period roughly of "Downton Abbey": Edwardian Britain. The result is both a theatrical and musical success, a production filled with vitality.” For her work on Die Fledermaus John von Rhein at the Chicago Tribune wrote, “the crisp dramatic pacing of director E. Loren Meeker, spirited conducting by Ward Stare and spot-on performances in general keep the show perking along with no conspicuous longueurs. This "Fledermaus" is, in short, a singing and dancing delight, with plenty of laughs that arise naturally out of the comic situations and don't feel forced. It's the fifth time around for Strauss' melody-rich Viennese confection at Lyric, and most certainly the best.”
Other recent directing credits include Die Fledermaus (San Francisco Opera), La bohème (San Diego Opera), Manon Lescaut (Singapore Lyric Opera), Manon (Teatro Colón), Trial By Jury (Houston Grand Opera), Carmen (Finger Lakes Opera), and Cendrillon (Boston University Opera Institute). In addition, she has directed five world premieres for Houston Grand Opera (HGOco). Loren has been on the directing staff at some of the most prestigious opera companies in the nation including Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Central City Opera where she was the 2006 recipient of the John Moriarty Award. These opportunities have allowed her to work with many distinguished directors such as David McVicar, Francesca Zambello, John Copley, and Peter Sellars.
While in residence at Central City she was able to lend her talents as a movement teacher and choreographer. Her work as a choreographer has also been seen at Glimmerglass Opera (Orpheus in the Underworld), Houston Grand Opera (Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni) and Opera Boston (La Vie Parisienne).
Loren has many exciting opportunities on the horizon. The spring and summer will be spent in upstate New York. She will continue her association with Francesca Zambello as Associate Director for Zambello's new production of Candide at Glimmerglass Opera followed immediately by a return to Finger Lakes Opera to direct a new production of L'Elisir d'amore. She then heads to Washington DC to directed the 60th season opening production of Carmen for Washington National Opera. Then it’s off to North Carolina Opera to direct Madame Butterfly after which she will head to New Orleans to direct Die Fledermaus to finish out 2015.
Loren began her training at a young age developing skills as both a dancer and gymnast and later combined her talents in these disciplines with her love for acting and singing. She attended Boston University where she received a BFA, summa cum laude, in Theatre Studies (focus in directing and choreography). After graduating she began to apply her diverse background to opera.