Stage Director Alison Moritz’s recent productions have been lauded as “about as gorgeous and accessible as any opera anywhere” (The Commercial Appeal), and her work has been praised for its “incredible economy of resources, lean production design, and eye for jest and banter” by The Orlando Examiner.
A "rising young star on the contemporary American opera scene" (89.5 Tulsa), Alison’s projects for 2016-2017 include a full season directing new productions of American operas: The Manchurian Candidate (Austin Opera), Candide (Orlando Philharmonic), The Tender Land (Crane School of Music), Our Town (Townsend Opera, Fresno Grand Opera), Hydrogen Jukebox (Tri-Cities Opera), Cabildo, and Gallantry (Central City Opera).
Future engagements also include the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli/Royce Vavrek's opera Proving Up for Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative, and new productions of Abduction from the Seraglio (Madison Opera) and Orpheus in the Underworld (New Orleans Opera), as well as new music collaborations with the Resonant Bodies Festival, the percussion trio TIGUE, and The Knights.
Recently, the Austin Chronicle named Alison's production of The Manchurian Candidate the #1 Classical Music/Dance event of 2016, and the production received seven Austin Critic's Award Nominations and four wins (including Best Opera Production). Along with the design collective The Libertine Committee, Alison was named one of the 2015 winners of the OPERA America Director-Designer Showcase for her team's concept proposal for The Cradle Will Rock, and she was awarded the Kurt Weill Foundation/SDCF Fellowship of 2015-2016.
Previously, Alison served as the Resident Assistant Director at both the Minnesota Opera and The Atlanta Opera. Her professional credits include engagements with Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Memphis, and Chautauqua Opera. As a teacher and guest director, Alison has taught at Eastman School of Music, Maryland Opera Studio, Crane School of Music, and for Steven Blier and Caramoor’s Vocal Rising Stars program.
Alison continues both her acting training and administrative interests and has worked and trained with companies such as the SITI Company of New York City, OPERA America, Geva Theatre Center, Third Rail Projects, Nautilus Music Theater, and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. She holds a B.A. in Music and Art History from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.M. from Eastman School of Music. Alison is based in New York City and St. Louis, Missouri.