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Join us for a Conversation with David Levi, College '80,
Conductor of opera, ballet, musical, and a pianist!
The Harvard Club of France is delighted to launch our 2020 guest series on a cultural note of interest to you all, whether fans of Broadway musicals, opera, ballet, the symphony, or the piano!
David Levi, Harvard '80, our multi-talented next guest, will provide our Harvard community in Paris, with a unique opportunity to gain behind-the-scene insights into multiple performing arts, to contrast the American and European perspectives, and to reflect on a contemporary artistic career.
Trained as a pianist and actor, David Levi, former president of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, has spent the greater part of his adult life as a conductor in opera houses primarily in Europe, while simultaneously harboring a great love for musical comedy.
Finding his way into the world of theater in Germany as Vocal Coach and Rehearsal Pianist, David quickly advanced to assisting such fine conductors as James Conlon and James Levine and working as musical director and conductor for many opera (Opera di Roma, Volksoper Wien...), ballet (Royal Danish Ballet) and musical comedy productions.
David came to France in 1997 to become Chorus Master of the Paris Opera. After five years, he moved on as a conductor of opera, ballet, musical and concert and then literally moved from Paris to the Gers in Southwest France, where he established TerrOpera, a musical/theatre association dedicated to producing original productions of musical theatre works. Together with Doug Fitch (College '81), they have produced productions of Stravinsky / Ramuz' Histoire du soldat and Poulenc / Cocteau's La Voix humaine. In 2019, TerrOpera secured the rights to produce a new and original French-language production of the great American musical, the Fantasticks.
As a pianist, David collaborates with many accomplished singers and instrumentalists. His latest CD with the American violinist Sharman Plesner is entitled Vienne, Le Monde d'Hier
David Levi will be interviewed by Denise Silber, Harvard Club vice-president of communication. Participants are invited to pursue the conversation and network during the champagne reception. We thank Linklaters Paris for receiving Harvard Club of France.
Denise Silber and Anne-Caroline Urbain, first vice-president of HCF look forward to your participation on February 3.
WHEN: Monday February 3 2020, 7:30pm - 9:30pm WHERE: Linklaters, 25 rue de Marignan, 75008 Paris COST: Members & Guests: 20 € / Non-Members: 25 €