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Directing Highlights

Check out some of Alison’s recent work for the operatic stage, including her debut directing live action in Virtual Reality!

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Meet Alison

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

Alison Moritz’s productions have been lauded as “raw, funny, surreal, and disarmingly human” by Opera News. Upcoming projects include filmed world premieres for the Glimmerglass Festival and Experiments in Opera, a new production of Cosi fan tutte for Washington National Opera, and a landmark 50th Anniversary event for the Kennedy Center featuring the NSO. Having begun her professional career in academia at Eastman School of Music, Alison is thrilled to join the Peabody Institute as the Interim Managing Artistic Director of the opera department.

Her diverse 2019-2020 season included mainstage debuts at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Omaha, the Ravinia Festival, and Rice University. Other recent directing highlights include the world premieres of Proving Up (Mazzoli/Vavrek; Washington National Opera), Taking Up Serpents (Sankaram/Dye; Washington National Opera), Chunky in Heat (Experiments in Opera, NYC), and Penelope (Snider/McLaughlin; 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).

Additional directing highlights include new productions of The Manchurian Candidate (Puts/Campbell; 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). Alison also recently directed productions of La Traviata (Opera Colorado), La Bohème (Austin Opera), and Madama Butterfly (Central City Opera). In fall of 2020, she made her first foray into the world of VR directing Miranda (Sankaram/Reese; co-produced by LUMA Projection Festival and Tri-Cities Opera).

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 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 Rice University, Bard Conservatory, 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 and her affiliation with the Kurt Weill Foundation.

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 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.

Her Schedule

Upcoming imaginative and entertaining productions, with links to related companies.

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    The Knock

    World Premiere Opera on Film

    Alison makes her feature-length film debut this fall, directing the world premiere of The Knock, a new opera commission from the Glimmerglass Festival. With music by Aleksandra Vrebalov and a libretto by Deborah Breevort, The Knock explores the intimate lives of America’s military families. Featuring a young cast of opera’s rising stars and designs by Jimmy Rotondo and Trevor Bowen, The Knock will premiere on Veteran’s Day 2021. Conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya.

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    Everything for Dawn

    World Premiere for Experiments in Opera

    Everything for Dawn is a 10-episode serial opera that tells the story of a young woman confronting her father’s legacy as an outsider artist.  Scripted in an unusual “writers' room” format, this opera will feature work by ten composers, culminating in an ambitious three-part work tracing art and trauma through multiple generations of an American family. Alison Moritz returns Experiments in Opera following her success with 2019’s Chunky in Heat, named one of the best opera events of the year by Operawire.

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    Portland Opera

    Jan/Feb 2022

    New Production for Portland Opera

    A story of forbidden love, divided loyalties and resistance against the state, this opera explores the oppression that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people face—and the risks they take in nations where homosexuality is illegal. Alison makes her Portland Opera debut directing When the Sun Comes Out, featuring Sandra Piques Eddy and Cree Carrico.


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