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William Ferrara

William Ferrara

Stage Director of Opera

Office: Reynolds Perfoming Arts Center 1265
Phone: (405) 325-6752

Professor Ferrara enjoys an international reputation as a stage director and acting and directing teacher for opera. In his thirty-year career he has directed more than 160 productions of plays, musicals, and operas at colleges and professional theaters in the U.S., Italy, and South America. Ferrara earned a graduate degree in opera stage direction from Indiana University in 1981. He taught at the University of Northern Iowa beginning in 1984, and joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma in 1995.

Prof. Ferrara was guest director at the International Opera Festival of the Amazon in Brazil 2007-2010, and guest artist at the State Music Conservatory, Fundação Carlos Gomez in Belém, Brazil in 2014. Mr. Ferrara currently teaches acting for singers and stage directing for college teachers at the Opera Viva Summer Institute in Verona, Italy.

Professor Ferrara's textbooks, Staging Scenes from the Operas of Mozart: A Guide for Teachers and Singers (2014), and Staging Scenes from the Operas of Donizetti and Verdi: A Guide for Directors and Performers (2016) are available in hardback, paper, and e-book from Rowman and Littlefield (Scarecrow Press) and