Philip Kraus has had a long and distinguished career as a stage director of opera, operetta, and music theater. krausCCA.jpg In 1980 he founded Light Opera Works, a professional company devoted to staging the operetta classics. He served as Artistic Director for 19 seasons directing over 50 productions. Under his direction the company produced Chicago premieres and modern revivals of Orpheus in the Underworld, The Beautiful Galatea, Naughty Marietta, Utopia Limited, The Gypsy Baron, The Grand Duke, The Chocolate Soldier, The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, La Vie Parisienne, The Czardas Princess and The Duchess of Chicago. Mr. Kraus embarked on an exciting series of productions of the American stage works of Kurt Weill which brought back Lady in the Dark, Knickerbocker Holiday, and One Touch of Venus to modern audiences. Trained at Northwestern University in both the Schools of Music and Theater, Mr. Kraus became associated with The Gilbert and Sullivan Guild. Detailed study of the British masters' works have made him a Gilbert and Sullivan specialist his entire creative life. He has appeared in many G & S roles and has directed all the Bristish duos' works for Light Opera Works and many other companies. His highly acclaimed Elizabethan production of The Mikado in 1986 was declared by the Chicago Sun Times "a concept that kept true to the real spirit of the operetta". No stranger to serious opera, Mr. Kraus served as resident stage director for the Pamiro Opera in Green Bay from 1988 to 1996. Under his collaboration with conductor Miro Pansky, he directed productions La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, The Magic Flute, L'Italiana in Algeri, Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, The Daughter of the Regiment and the world premiere of Gordon Parmentier's The Lost Dauphin which received rave reviews and was videotaped by Wisconsin Public Television for broadcast. Mr. Kraus has also shared his directorial talents with the academic world having served as Director of the De Paul University Opera Theater from 1982-1987 and the Director of the Opera Program at Roosevelt University from 1999-2002 directing productions of The Coronation of Poppea, Cosi fan tutte, The Crucible, Ba-ta-Clan, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. An invitation from the Chicago Cultural Center saw him produce and direct Poulenc's The Breasts of Tiresias in 2000 and Mozart's The Impresario in 2001 for which he did a new translation. Most recently, he has been a guest at the Lyric Opera Cleveland where a recent production of Patience by Gilbert and Sullivan proved one of the most successful in the company's history. He was invited back in the summer of 2003 to direct The Mikado which was done in his 1986 Elizabethan concept. . Mr. Kraus has also produced several fine English singing translations of operas and operettas. He collaborated with Gregory Opelka to make English performing editions of Oscar Straus' The Chocolate Soldier and A Waltz Dream and rescued Emmerick Kalman's delightful The Duchess of Chicago from near oblivion. Other translations include La Serva Padrona, Orpheus in the Underworld, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, The Coronation of Poppea and The Impresario.