Christopher Mattaliano

Stage director

Christopher Mattaliano has directed productions at the Metropolitan Opera of New York, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Minnesota Opera, Dallas Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Michigan Opera Theater, among many others.  He has also worked internationally at L’Opera de Nice, L’Opera de Montreal, Spoleto’s Festival dei Due Mondi, Norwegian National Opera and New National Theatre of Japan. 

A dual citizen of Italy and the United States, Mr Mattaliano has enjoyed a long career in the US as General Director at Portland Opera and Artistic Director at Pine Mountain Music Festival, and was a member of Opera America’s Board of Directors for many years. He is a teacher of renown, with credits at Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, Princeton University, the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program and Mannes College of Music.

ESTHER – New York City Opera (World Premiere);

“The company has given the work a stunning yet simple production, directed by Christopher Mattaliano…one hopes it will be repeated and recorded.” Edward Rothstein, New York Times, October, 1993

“Hugo Weisgall’s “Esther” is a triumph. Such dramatic fluidity needs its answers in the staging, and Christopher Mattaliano’s production was always ready.” Paul Griffiths, The New Yorker, October 1993

CANDIDE — Arizona Opera

“Although this sprawling work of musical genius takes place in various parts of Europe and South America, director Christopher Mattaliano turned its many wide-ranging scenes into a performable and memorable show.” Maria Nocklin, Opera Today, February 2018.

“Christopher Mattaliano has delivered a production that is unique in its use of technology and design and that raises the bar high on any future undertaking of CANDIDE.” Herbert Payne, Broadway World, February 2018

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