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Yefim Maizel  directs a comic gem, L’heure espagnole, by Maurice Ravel, September 25th, 2016 3PM. Produced by Opera Academy of California, and, presented by Island City Opera.

Yefim Maizel has more than 30 years of experience directing opera and musical theater productions internationally. He has directed 57 original productions of both opera and operetta for opera houses of all sizes, and has worked with major opera stars as well as young professional and emerging singers. Formally trained, holding a degree in Opera Stage Direction and a Master’s degree in Music, his love for interpreting the music score, his passion for theatre, and deep insight into human emotion and behavior transform opera into storytelling at its best.

For the last 17 seasons Yefim has been a Guest Stage Director at the Metropolitan Opera, after working for 8 seasons with San Francisco Opera.

Yefim just finished directing a production of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” in Kazan, Russia in Fall of 2015. The production has had great success both with critics and audiences. A prestigious opera festival named after Chaliapin in Kazan Opera Theater, Russia will be opened with this production on the 1st of February, 2016.

Yefim Maizel, Stage Directore