Blankenship´s next production (with Rebecca Blankenship) will be DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES for the Opera Mönchengladbach (April 2022).
Beverly Blankenship started directing opera some years ago. Big stories, mythic landscapes, large casts and the power of music proved irresistible. She has directed Mozart´s Don Giovanni four times, each time with a different concept, at the Landestheater Linz, Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück, Festival Reinsberg and Oper Dortmund. Hans Werner Henze´s Der junge Lord was her first contemporary opera. She produced this opera at the Landestheater Linz, where she also directed Rossini´s La Cenerentola, Strauss´s Der Rosenkavalier and Prokofiev´s Love of Three Oranges. Her second production of the Love of Three Oranges premiered at the Staatstheater Nürnberg im May 2006 followed by Gounod´s FAUST in March 2007. Nürnberg had already seen her interpretation of Offenbach´s Tales of Hoffmann. She directed La Cenerentola for the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück and Verdi´s Un Ballo in Maschera at the Theater Bielefeld. Her second Verdi production, Don Carlos, premiered at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken. Lehar´s Merry Widow in Graz, Bizet´s Carmen in Dortmund and the musical Cabaret in Salzburg followed. In February 2008 she directed Lehar´s Land of Smiles for the Volksoper in Vienna and in December 2008 Rimsky-Korsakov´s The Tale of Tsar Saltan opened at the Theater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich. In April 2010 her production of Falstaff premiered at the opera in Dortmund. She followed up with Der Freischütz in Hagen in May 2010. In September 2010 her second production of Der Freischütz premiered in Munich at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz. These two productions were created with two different teams, the focus being on the two different main characters, woven together in the vital narrative of the story. The opportunity to explore this approach is truly a rare event in any director´s work!
In June 2011 an evening of Puccini operas (LE VILLI and SUOR ANGELICA) opened in Opera Krefeld. In May 2015 she produced MÜNCHHAUSEN for the State Opera Hannover.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN is the third production which she co-directed with her sister Rebecca Blankenship. Their first team effort BARUCHS SCHWEIGEN was nominated for the Vienna Fringe Music Theatre Award in 2017. Their next joint production was: DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES in Krefeld January 2019 and DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER for the opera houses Rennes/Angers/Nantes May 2019.
FILM AND TELEVISION
Beverly Blankenship is intensively involved in film and television.
She gave her directing debut in film with Der Hund muss weg (That dog has got to go) for the ORF (televised November 2000). She also writes film scripts. Her first script Shame (with Michael Brindley) was a big success, was shown internationally, and was awarded many prizes, including Best Script (Critic´s Choice 1988, Australia). Gray Pictures produced a US remake with Amanda Donahue in the lead. Her second film script (in German): Charles Darwin and the Question of Frontal Sex (with Harald Posch).
Master Classes and Workshops have been part of Beverly Blankenship´s professional life for a long time. She has taught at the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, for the Australian Arts Council, at the Universities of Zurich and Innsbruck as well as at the Prinzregenten Akademie in Munich and the KTU in Linz. She has held many master classes and workshops all over the world, for both beginners and advanced students, for actors as well as singers. Her work has been published by wtv “World-Stage Vienna”. In July 2011 she directed COSI FAN TUTTE with a student cast for the Jeunesse in Schloss Weikersheim.
Beverly Blankenship held a Professorship at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (mdw) from 2011- 2018. She ran one of the opera classes for singers studying for a Master’s Degree or Postgraduate Studies. She produced BOHEME, MAGIC FLUTE, FLEDERMAUS, COSI FAN TUTTE, TALES OF HOFFMANN, CARMEN and GIANNI SCHICCHI and many other operas for the University.
STUDIOBLANKENSHIP3 was founded by Beverly Blankenship, Rebecca Blankenship and Sawako Yamada-Blankenship.
This studio offers voice, acting and musical coaching, for individuals or groups.