Guest Director: Tara Faircloth

NDSU Opera production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, by Benjamin Britten

Stage director Tara Faircloth’s work has been seen in opera houses around the nation. Critics hailed her “incisive, tightly meshed direction” (Opera News) for The Rake's Progress at Wolf Trap Opera, calling it “a simple and elegant production” (The Washington Post). She has directed two world premieres with the Houston Grand Opera's East+West series (Her Name Means The Sea and The Bricklayer) and has a thriving career in regional houses such as Wolf Trap Opera, Utah Opera, Arizona Opera, Tulsa Opera and Opera Colorado (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel & Gretel, etc.). The baroque repertoire is of special interest to Ms. Faircloth, who made her directorial debut with Ars Lyrica Houston’s production of Cain: Il primo omicidio in 2003, and has since designed and directed a number of shows for the company, including Charpentier’s Actéon and La Descente d’Orphéeaux Enfers. She has created productions of Dido & Aeneas for Ars Lyrica at the Festival di Musica Barroca in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and for Mercury Baroque in collaboration with the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.

This season, Ms. Faircloth has two exciting company debuts:  Le Nozze di Figaro with Atlanta Opera, and Fidelio at Madison Opera.  In addition, she returns to Wolf Trap Opera for a new production of Carmen, Rice University for a new production of Il Ritorno d'Ulisse and Arizona Opera, where she will be directing her first Eugene Onegin on a new set designed with her frequent collaborator, Laura Fine Hawkes.   

Ms. Faircloth has worked extensively on directing staff with such companies as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Central City Opera, and Dallas Opera, and as such, has worked on some of the most complicated operas in the repertoire, assisting international directors and preparing cover casts of some of the best performers in our industry.  She is increasingly sought out for her skills as an adapter and has created such pieces as the “Mini” Grapes of WrathOne Enchanted Evening (an operetta pastiche), and the “Mini” Magic Flute, commissions of Opera in the Ozarks and Utah Symphony & Opera. She has a private coaching studio in Houston, Texas, and regularly works with the talented singers in the Houston Grand Opera Studio and Rice University. 

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