Marc Jacobs returns to OSJ in the 2019-20 season, directing Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Mr. Jacobs started his opera career assisting Sir Peter Hall and legendary Broadway Director Hal Prince. He then joined the New York City Opera staging staff (Beverly Sills, Artistic Director) where he mounted productions of Puccini’s Turandot, and Knussen and Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Since then he has directed Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette for Houston Opera, Mozart’s Cosí Fan Tutte for Los Angeles Opera, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Die Fledermaus for Madison Opera, and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for Opera San Antonio among many others.
He has received the San Francisco Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Show Boat), two “Ginny” Awards from American Musical Theatre of San Jose where he served as Associate Artistic Director, the Shelly Award for It Shoulda Been You at Center Rep, and two Meritorious Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He dedicates this production to his ever-patient husband, Steve.