Daniel Helfgot’s credits include well over 200 productions of over 100 operas, operettas and zarzuelas from the Baroque to the contemporary, including several world premieres. His international credits include shows in Argentina (both at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires and the Teatro Argentino, La Plata), Albania (National Opera), Austria, Canada, Costa Rica (Opera Nacional), Finland, Germany, Mexico (Bellas Artes), and Sweden. In the US he has directed for such companies as Baltimore;
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
Recognition and privilege
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
Still directing opera - the non plus ultra of the arts. It is the only way: to evolve and to change. Come and see my work, from Albania to Amarillo, Austria to Argentina, and spots in between.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
1st, a question: Are you nuts? 2nd: if your are, fight for a city were ART is a must, a responsibility, and a reason for civic pride.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Locally: barely, but with a superb San Jos? Chamber Orchestra and other brave, creative, and quixotic organizations. Nationally: struggling - nobody has $$. Beyond: The flame still burns bright.
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