William J. Brooke, writer, director, performer

As a writer, his books for musicals have been performed off-Broadway and around the country; he has also written five children’s books, published by HarperCollins. His adaptation of The Impresario is not a literal translation, but a very free acting version based on the plot outline of the original; it has also been performed in a longer version, incorporating music from other Mozart operas.

As a director, he has staged numerous productions for the Village Light Opera Group and others. As a performer, he has appeared frequently with the New York Grand Opera in Central Park for audiences of several thousand, playing such roles as Goro in Madama Butterfly, Bardolpho in Falstaff and Pang (or was it Pong?) in Turandot. He has specialized in the realm of Gilbert & Sullivan, having performed 31 different roles in the repertory as well as chorusing 10 of the 14 operettas.

He met his wife, the talented and beautiful mezzo Lynne Greene-Brooke, onstage at the Light Opera of Manhattan, where they were frequently married before they ever spoke to each other.