ALISON MORITZ TO DIRECT OUR TOWN
The winner of the 2015 OPERA America Director-Designer Showcase will direct
the January 2017 production of Ned Rorem’s Our Town for Townsend Opera
Modesto, California – September 27, 2016
Townsend Opera is excited to announce that Alison Moritz, winner of the 2015 OPERA America Director-Designer Showcase, will direct the upcoming production of Ned Rorem’s Our Town. Ms. Moritz has recently worked directing operas at Seattle Opera, Austin Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Minnesota Opera and The Atlanta Opera.
Ms. Moritz has developed a strong reputation for her work directing American opera, and her projects in the 2016/17 season include Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Kevin Puts’ The Manchurian Candidate, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land and Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox.
Matthew Buckman, General Director of Townsend Opera, said: “I am extremely pleased that we are able to work with Alison on this opera. She is one of the most exciting young opera directors in the United States, and our conversations about this piece were incredibly rewarding. She has made a name for herself for creating beautiful and accessible productions of great American operas, and I can’t wait to see what she does with this wonderful work of art.”
Our Town will be performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts January 21-22, 2017.
About Alison Moritz
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. Alison’s upcoming projects include a full season directing new productions of American opera; including The Manchurian Candidate (Austin Opera), Candide (Orlando Philharmonic), The Tender Land (Crane School of Music), Our Town (Townsend Opera, Fresno Grand Opera), and Hydrogen Jukebox (Tri-Cities Opera).
Recent directing projects include Die Zauberflöte (Opera Memphis, Orlando Philharmonic) and The Hobbit (Tulsa Opera). 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. A “rising young star on the contemporary American opera scene” (89.5 Tulsa), Alison also recently received the SDCF Kurt Weill Fellowship for 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, and Chautauqua Opera. As a teacher and guest director, Alison has taught at Eastman School of Music (Interim Faculty, 2012-2013), Maryland Opera Studio (2016), and for Steven Blier and Caramoor’s Vocal Rising Stars program (2016).
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.