Tadeusz Von MoltkeActor

Tad’s 2017 season sees his recognition factor increasing with every tick of the clock.
As of this writing, more than eighty-five million YouTube and Tidal viewers know him as the prisoner “on the right side of the bars” in DJ Khaled/Jay Z/Future’s music video “I Got The Keys”. Tad was chosen for his principal role in the video by EPIC RECORDS star director Sam (Samantha) Lecca , and this Winter the single itself went from Gold to Platinum, with more than one million sold. A starkly beautiful and dramatically riveting Civil Rights statement, the “I Got The Keys” video supports DJ Khaled’s Grammy-nominated album MAJOR KEY, a runaway sensation which is also now a Platinum Record.
This April, Tad was invited to shoot the video component of mixed media artist Tamas Veszi’s 40-panel installation, “Dark Matter.” His first solo video, Tad conceived “Presidential”, and was directed by JT Olsen in collaboration with Hungarian cinematographer Miklos Buk. “Presidential” will receive a special screening this Summer in NYC’s Tribeca, the pinnacle event of a gala fundraiser for The American Civil Liberties Union
March saw Tad onstage with full band for David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, headlining the “Sleep No More/McKittrick Follies”, and sharing the stage with a Downtown NYC favorite, singer/songwriter Julia Haltigan, and Anthony Roth Costanzo of The Metropolitan Opera
February saw the start of meetings and rehearsals with award-winning Norwegian dancer/choreographer Brynjar Abel Bandlien, to co-author their two-man Ibsen-inspired performance piece. “As I AM” will preview in Berlin, November 2017, and premiere in NYC, Spring 2018. As much a personal memoir as a viewpoint on Ibsen, “As I Am” embraces multiple theatrical forms and media, as well as related disciplines: choreographed movement, video, martial arts, original and classical texts, and songs (performed live and pre-recorded) by Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Roberta Flack, The Pet Shop Boys, and October Project.
This past Fall television season, NBC-TV’s THE BLACK LIST welcomed Tad as a Co-Star and “the newest Blacklister” in the sixth episode of its explosive fourth season, when he introduced a new Russian-accented principal role in “The Thrushes” episode, incisively directed by Terrence O’Hara.
From August through October, Tad starred at the SAMSUNG EXPO CENTER NYC, both on screen and onstage as the leading man in a dazzling virtual reality film/live experience presentation, co-produced by Samsung and Punchdrunk International and directed by Punchdrunk veterans Kathy Duggan and Hector Harkness.
Debut Artist, Best Actor, and Best Performer Awards add lustre to his record onstage, in roles including Creon (OEDIPUS REX), Alceste (THE MISANTHROPE), Agamemnon (AGAMEMNON), The Protagonist (TEN HAROLD PINTER REVUE SKETCHES), Fredrik Egerman (A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC), El Gallo (THE FANTASTICKS), The King (THE KING & I), Lt. Schrank (WEST SIDE STORY), Charles (THE MAN WITH A LOAD OF MISCHIEF), and more than a dozen leading tenor roles in operettas by Lehar, Strauss, Romberg, Herbert, and Gilbert & Sullivan.
His performances have taken him to NYC’s Lincoln Center, Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, the Chautauqua Festival, The Garden State Arts Center, the Lille Festival (France), The Festival of Two Worlds, Spoleto (Italy), Playwrights Horizons, Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre (NYC), and The Colonnades Theatre in (NYC) (partial list).
Tad’s work as Director/Producer has earned him an international reputation for quality, inventiveness, and rigour.
Founder and General Director of Chamber Opera Theatre of New York, he is credited with establishing Chamber Opera in The U.S. as an art form to be taken seriously. From 1980 through 1986, his productions, now legendary, included works by Ibert, Walton, Wolf-Ferrari, Menotti, Salieri, Rimsky-Korsakov, Cavalli, Britten, Musgrave, Mozart, Respighi, and Dargomyzhsky, and elicited unanimous praise from critics and audiences alike (cf. Wikipedia: Chamber Opera Theatre of New York). While providing debuts for a generation of significant American and International young artists, the company’s reputation for quality also attracted the participation of such luminaries as Nicolai Gedda, Elisabeth Soderstrom, Hermione Gingold, Virgil Thomson, Thea Musgrave, Charles Strouse, Sheldon Harnick, Galt McDermott, Peter Schikele, Andrea Velis, and its Honorary Artistic Advisor, Beni Montresor.
His Italian directorial debut at Gian Carlo Menotti’s FESTIVAL DEI DUE MONDI earned him unanimous raves from the Italian critics as well as the coveted “Pegaso D’Oro” Award (Francesco Cavalli’s 17th c. masterpiece L’ORMINDO, with designs by Beni Montresor). Other engagements in Italy followed, most memorably his work in Venice at Teatro La Fenice producing the CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA: NEW YORK IN ITALIA and directing both the gala opening night Bernstein Tribute and the closing “Gran Gala”, televised on RAI 3.
His “Lost Boys”production of WEST SIDE STORY for France’s Festival de Lille was telecast live, and received standing ovations from capacity audiences. His leather and lace, motocycle gang-themed, West Coast concept was highlighted by logo designs for The Sharks and The Jets by New York Pop Art icon Keith Haring.
In The U.S. his work as guest director has taken him from NYC’s Lincoln Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music to the Arts Centers, opera houses, symphony halls, and regional theatres of Anchorage, Honolulu, Miami, Norfolk, Dallas, Forth Worth, Boston, Louisville, and across the summer festival circuit.
Often invited to perform as an emcee/public speaker, he has introduced events at The Gucci Galleria, The Metropolitan Club, The Mayor’s Office of the City of New York, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, The Public Theatre, The Dahesh Museum of Art, The Chrysler Museum, and many Opera Guilds nationwide.
Since 1972 he has directed a private studio devoted to lifelong learning for artists of all disciplines. Members of Studio La Fenice have garnered more than fifty Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards, and audiences have enjoyed them in leading roles both on television and at the cinema, in theatres On- and Off-Broadway, while classical performances have taken them to virtually every major opera house and symphony orchestra internationally.
Honored to have been a student of theatre legends Robert Rounseville and Uta Hagen, he is a first generation American of Prussian, Mongolian, Hungarian, and Polish heritage, New York-born and bred.