Stage Director JJ Hudson is well known for his sensitive and dynamic productions. In 2016, JJ directed Cosi fan tutte for Opera Tampa, Lucio Silla for Temple University Opera, Bastianello for Rochester Lyric Opera, Pagliacci and Il Tabarro for the Opera in the Ozarks, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Lakes Area Music Festival, South Pacific for Opera Roanoke, and The Impresario and The Medium for University of Kansas Opera. Engagements in 2017 included I Pagliacci for Imperial Symphony Orchestra, Werther for Temple University Opera, Le nozze di Figaro for Opera in the Ozarks, Carmen for the Lakes Area Music Festival, and La bohème for Tri-CIties Opera.
In December 2012, Mr. Hudson directed Schubert’s Winterreise in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for the Make Music New York Winter Festival. The production received an enthusiastic review in The New York Times. Mr. Hudson has also worked for Opera North, Syracuse Opera, Tacoma Opera, Mercury Opera Rochester, Empire State Lyric Theater, and Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Rochester Lyric Opera, Oswego Opera Theater, Eastman Opera Theater, Stony Brook University Opera Theater, Columbus State University, Concord University, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
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. 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.