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Blue and white duotone image of Alison Moritz looking into the camera with a determined expression.
  • visceral
  • gripping
  • entertaining

Stage Director Alison Moritz is quickly garnering a reputation for incisive takes on contemporary American opera and innovative interpretations of the classic repertoire.

19/20 Season

  • Ravinia Festival
  • Lyric Opera of Kansas City
  • Rice University
  • Opera Omaha
  • Madison Opera
Alison Moritz looking into the camera with a determined expression.

Meet Alison

Alison Moritz’s recent productions have been lauded as “astute,” “imaginative,” and “elegantly sexy” by Opera News. Her upcoming 2019-2020 season includes mainstage debuts at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Omaha, Ravinia Festival, and Rice University, as well as a return to Madison Opera.

Alison’s diverse 2018-2019 season included the world premieres of Kamala Sankaram’s Taking Up Serpents (Washington National Opera), Chunky in Heat (Experiments in Opera, NYC), and Sarah Kirkland Snyder’s Penelope (new performing edition for Lyric Opera of Kansas City). Her production of Bernstein’s Candide was featured at the 2018 Tanglewood Festival as part of the composer’s centennial celebration, and won several regional awards (including Best Director). Alison also recently directed productions of La Traviata (Opera Colorado), La Bohème (Austin Opera), and Madama Butterfly (Central City Opera).

Additional directing highlights include the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Proving Up (Washington National Opera), as well as new productions of The Manchurian Candidate (Austin Opera), Orpheus in the Underworld (New Orleans Opera), Abduction from the Seraglio (Madison Opera), Trouble in Tahiti (Opera Santa Barbara), and a genre-bending triple bill of rarities for Bard Conservatory (Pulcinella, Full Moon in March, and Svadba).

Committed to contemporary American repertoire, Alison has workshopped pieces by David Hertzberg and Rene Orth for Opera Philadelphia, created new productions of The Tender Land, Our Town, Hydrogen Jukebox, Cabildo, and Gallantry, and presented staged concerts for IlluminArts Miami and New York Festival of Song. In 2015, Alison Moritz and her design team won the Opera American Director-Designer Showcase for their presentation on Marc Blitzstein's Cradle Will Rock.

Previously, Alison served as the Resident Assistant Director at both the Minnesota Opera and The Atlanta Opera. Her professional credits include engagements with Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Wolf Trap 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. She continues her ongoing collaborations with innovative orchestras The Knights and Contemporaneous.

Alison 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, and was the recipient of the 2015-2016 SDCF/Kurt Weill Foundations Fellowship. Alison is based in New York City and St. Louis, Missouri.

Her Schedule

See Alison’s schedule of imaginative and entertaining productions, with links to related companies.

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    Ravinia Festival

    Aug 28, 2019

    Alison Moritz Directs Bernstein’s Masterpiece

    Bernstein’s operatic masterpiece is presented at the Ravinia Festival. This production appeared last season at the Tanglewood Festival, winning several regional theatre awards including Best Director, Best Choreographer, and Best Costumes.

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    The Abduction from the Seraglio

    Lyric Opera of Kansas City

    Sep 21, 25, 27, 29, 2019

    New Production for Lyric Opera of Kansas City

    Inspired by film classics such as Casablanca and Road to Morocco, Alison Moritz dreams up a fresh take on Mozart’s perennial classic. Scenic designer Steven Kemp sets the action in LA’s Cocoanut Grove. Be prepared for hijinks to ensue!

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    Proving Up

    Rice University

    Nov 1, 3, 5, 2019

    New Production

    A group of Nebraska families struggles to claim their land under the Homestead Act in this opera from composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, based on a coming-of-age short story by Karen Russell. Alison continues her work on this project, having directed the world premiere at Washington National Opera in January 2018.


"Alison Moritz directs the evening, and her use of the Williams Stables space is both sensitive and bold. She presents the two operas, the nostalgic dream fantasy and the broad soap opera comedy, with obvious care and affection, placing her singer-actors in the best light..."

Opera is...

  • imagination.
  • social.
  • progressive.
  • theatre.


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