Stage Director JJ Hudson is well known for his dynamic productions. In 2015, Mr. Hudson directed West Side Story for Asheville Lyric Opera and a new production of La Cenerentola for Opera Roanoke. Critics praised his Roanoke production stating that it “proved anew that world-class opera is not the property of only larger companies,” and that Mr. Hudson directed the production with “imagination and sensitivity.” In 2014, JJ directed Turn of the Screw for Stony Brook University, Little Women for Opera Breve, La Traviata for the Berkshire Theatre Group, and Le Nozze di Figaro for Columbus State University.
Upcoming engagements include Albert Herring for Opera Breve and Don Pasquale for Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2013, Mr. Hudson served on the directing staff of the Aspen Opera Theater, where he worked on productions of Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, and L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Recent directing credits include work with the Make Music New York Festival, Rochester Lyric Opera, Oswego Opera Theater, Mercury Opera Rochester, Eastman Opera Theater, Stony Brook University Opera Theater, Columbus State University, Concord University, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Mr. Hudson has also worked for Opera North, Syracuse Opera, Tacoma Opera, Empire State Lyric Theater, and Buffalo Opera Unlimited. Hudson holds a M.A. in Stage Direction and a D.M.A. in Voice and Opera Performance from the Eastman School of Music, an M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa, and a B.M. in Music Composition and Vocal Performance from Stetson University.