Stage Director

In his distinguished career, Christopher Mattaliano has directed opera productions for the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Minnesota Opera, and New York City Opera. His international credits include productions for L’Opéra de Nice, L’Opéra de Montréal, Canadian Opera Company, Spoleto’s Festival dei Due Mondi, and Den Norske Opera. His engagements in the 2019-20 season include Die Zauberflöte with Washington National Opera, and Il barbiere di Siviglia with Dallas Opera- a return of a previous production he directed for Portland Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre.

Mr. Mattaliano’s recent productions include directing Rigoletto, La Cenerentola, and Monteverdi’s Songs of Love and War for Portland Opera, Candide for Arizona Opera, and Macbeth for New Orleans Opera. In recent seasons, he has directed productions for Atlanta Opera, Utah Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Opera Omaha.

Christopher Mattaliano directed the world premieres of Hugo Weisgall’s Esther for New York City Opera, jazz composer Fred Ho’s Journey Beyond the West for Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Westergaard’s The Tempest for Opera Festival of New Jersey, and the American premiere of Veniamin Fleischman’s Rothschild’s Violin for Juilliard Opera.

Mr. Mattaliano served as General Director of Portland Opera from 2003 to 2019, and was responsible for all artistic, financial, and administrative aspects of the company. He directed several productions, including Pagliacci/Carmina Burana, Il viaggio a Reims, L’heure espagnole and L'enfant et les sortilèges, Albert Herring, Candide, Falstaff, and Die Zauberflöte. Previous to this appointment, he was Artistic Director of the Pine Mountain Music Festival.

He has also worked extensively with young singers, teaching and directing at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, Princeton University, Mannes School of Music, the New National Theater of Japan, Wolf Trap Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Program. His essay on auditioning, “The Dreaded Audition,” was published by Opera America.

Christopher Mattaliano received his BA in Theater Arts from Montclair State University, with additional training at the Trent Park School of Performing Arts in London. His awards include a National Opera Institute Stage Direction Grant, and the L. Howard Fox Visiting Alumni Award from his alma mater.

Mr. Mattaliano was a keynote speaker at the 2004 Opera America Conference, and was named to the National Endowment for the Arts’ opera review panel. He served on Opera America’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2011.


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