Productions: Opera

  1. Pulcinella/I Pagliacci: Pittsburgh Festival Opera

    Production Conceived and Directed by: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Christian Capocaccia


    Composers: Igor Stravinsky / Ruggero Leoncavallo …

    July 10, 2021OperaComments Off on Pulcinella/I Pagliacci: Pittsburgh Festival Opera
  2. La Bohème: Florentine Opera

    Composer: Giocomo Puccini

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Domenico Boyajian

    A Bronzeville Bohème: Set in Post War 1940’s in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood of Milwaukee with an entirely African American Cast.


    See more information about my Socially Responsible production …

    May 7, 2021OperaComments Off on La Bohème: Florentine Opera
  3. Il Trovatore: Opera Tampa

    Composed by Giuseppe Verdi

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Robin Stamper


    Staging with Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols…

    March 12, 2021OperaComments Off on Il Trovatore: Opera Tampa
  4. Don Pasquale: Michigan Opera Theater (Canceled-Covid-19)

    Composed by Gaetano Donizetti

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Giuliano Carella

    Due to public health concerns and developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19), this production was canceled.


    See Photos and Videos from the 2019 Pittsburgh Opera Production.

    See Photos of the …

    October 29, 2020OperaComments Off on Don Pasquale: Michigan Opera Theater (Canceled-Covid-19)
  5. Antipodes Tour 2020: Australia (Canceled-Covid-19)

    The Melba Opera Trust: Melbourne, Australia
    Canceled due to travel restrictions and public health concerns with the Covid-19 Pandemic


    “Helping singers to stand out from the hundreds of others during auditions is one of the primary goals for Chuck during

    August 15, 2020OperaComments Off on Antipodes Tour 2020: Australia (Canceled-Covid-19)
  6. Pulcinella/I Pagliacci: Pittsburgh Festival Opera (Postponed-Covid 19)

    Production Conceived and Directed by: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Christian Capocaccia

    Composers: Igor Stravinsky / Ruggero Leoncavallo


    Due to public health concerns and developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19), this production has been postponed to summer 2021.

    July 11, 2020OperaComments Off on Pulcinella/I Pagliacci: Pittsburgh Festival Opera (Postponed-Covid 19)
  7. Ariadne auf Naxos: Arizona Opera (Canceled-Covid-19)

    Composer: Richard Strauss

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Steven White

    Due to public health concerns and developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19), this production was canceled.

    ARIZONA OPERA TO CANCEL ITS APRIL PRODUCTION OF ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

    THE DECISION WAS MADE …

    April 3, 2020OperaComments Off on Ariadne auf Naxos: Arizona Opera (Canceled-Covid-19)
  8. Don Pasquale: Pittsburgh Opera

    Composed by Gaetano Donizetti

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Gary Wedow

    A Trip to Old Hollywood (And Some Great Voices) in Don Pasquale
    Pittsburgh Opera’s new production of Don Pasquale [goes] beyond opera-lovers-only territory and turns it into something that

    …April 26, 2019OperaComments Off on Don Pasquale: Pittsburgh Opera
  9. Aida: Opera Naples

    Composed by Giuseppe Verdi

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Ramòn Tebar

    Hudson’s dramatic values were clean and amazingly physical. Amneris is not afraid to slap people around, and Aida’s reminiscence of her homeland’s beauty is surprisingly sensual…We would not underestimate

    …December 19, 2018OperaComments Off on Aida: Opera Naples
  10. Pagliacci: San Jose Opera

    Composer: Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Conductor: Christian Reif

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson

    Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – North America (11/30-12/2): San Jose Opera’s PAGILACCI. -Opera Wire

    Leoncavallo Meets Hitchcock: Stage director Chuck Hudson and a strongly theatrical cast have

    …November 18, 2018OperaComments Off on Pagliacci: San Jose Opera
  11. Antipodes Tour 2018: Australia
    • 7th Season in Australia

    Melba Opera Trust: Sydney
    at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA)

    • Acting and Movement Techniques for Singers
    • Arias and Action: Audition Coaching

    Pacific Opera: Sydney

    • Acting and Movement Techniques for Singers
    • Arias and Action: Audition
    …August 13, 2018OperaComments Off on Antipodes Tour 2018: Australia
  12. Don Pasquale: Fort Worth Opera

    Composed by Gaetano Donizetti

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Joe Illick

    TheaterJones TOP 10 of 2018! Fort Worth Opera’s 1950s Hollywood-inspired production of ‘Don Pasquale’ was one of Gregory Sullivan Isaacs favorite music and opera events of the year. Congrats

    …April 28, 2018OperaComments Off on Don Pasquale: Fort Worth Opera
  13. L’Enfant / La Voix Humaine: UMKC Conservatory of Music

    L’Enfant et les Sortilèges
    * Composer: Maurice Ravel

    La Voix Humaine
    * Composer: Francis Poulenc

    Stage Director: Fenlon Lamb
    Guest Artist / Movement Director: Chuck Hudson

    University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music…

    March 23, 2018OperaComments Off on L’Enfant / La Voix Humaine: UMKC Conservatory of Music
  14. Antipodes Tour 2017: New Zealand

    3rd Season in New Zealand
    Produced by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation

    December 2017
    * The Kiri Programme: Auckland, NZ

    Foundation launches second Kiri Programme with optimism: As ARIA went to press the third module was in progress with leading

    …December 4, 2017OperaComments Off on Antipodes Tour 2017: New Zealand
  15. Don Pasquale: Minnesota Opera

    Composed by Gaetano Donizetti

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Jonathan Brandani

    Music holds its own in Minnesota Opera’s amazing staging of ‘Don Pasquale’: Have you ever been to an opera and walked out humming the concept?…Donizetti wove enough beauty

    …October 7, 2017OperaComments Off on Don Pasquale: Minnesota Opera
  16. La Cenerentola: San Francisco Opera Merola Program

    Composer: Gioacchino Rossini

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Mark Morash

    Cenerentola served up with laughs and poignancy
    For a combination of poignant emotion and flat-out comedic brilliance, you can’t do much better than “La Cenerentola”… Thursday’s performance of the opera

    …August 3, 2017OperaComments Off on La Cenerentola: San Francisco Opera Merola Program
  17. Falstaff: Opera Saratoga

    Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Craig Kier

    Modifying a production concept seen before at Arizona Opera, Chuck Hudson directed an admirably lively, if occasionally frenetic, Tudor-set show with plenty of comic detail… The audience rightly cheered the

    …July 1, 2017OperaComments Off on Falstaff: Opera Saratoga
  18. Don Pasquale: Atlanta Opera

    Composed by Gaetano Donizetti

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Joseph Colaneri

    The Atlanta Opera smartly transforms Donizetti’s comedy classic “Don Pasquale”…Although this is Atlanta Opera’s first foray with the vocally challenging bel canto comedy, this production is hardly a

    …March 25, 2017OperaComments Off on Don Pasquale: Atlanta Opera
  19. La Bohème: Hawaii Opera Theatre

    Composer: Giacomo Puccini
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Karen Keltner

    Women dominate strong cast in HOT’s superb ‘La Boheme’: Hawai‘i Opera Theatre opened its 2016-17 season with a charming production of Puccini’s “La Boheme” … that is at once personal

    …October 14, 2016OperaComments Off on La Bohème: Hawaii Opera Theatre
  20. Antipodes Tour 2016: Australia & New Zealand

    6th Season in Australia
    Produced by The Melba Opera Trust

    April-May 2016
    * The Melba Opera Trust Mentor Program: Melbourne
    * David Butler Voice Studio: Melbourne
    * Gary May Voice Studio: Melbourne

    Thanks to the support of Joseph Sambrook and

    …April 25, 2016OperaComments Off on Antipodes Tour 2016: Australia & New Zealand
  21. Falstaff: Arizona Opera

    Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Eric Melear

    TO CLOSE OUT ITS SEASON, Arizona Opera did very well by the serious comic challenge of Verdi’s final masterwork…Chuck Hudson’s imaginative staging—on a splendidly evoked onstage galleried Elizabethan

    …April 1, 2016OperaComments Off on Falstaff: Arizona Opera
  22. Antipodes Tour 2015: Australia

    5th Season in Australia

    • Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust Mentor Program: Melbourne
    • Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Victoria University: Melbourne
    • Victorian Opera Young Artist Program: Melbourne
    • David Butler Voice Studio: Melbourne
    • Showcase Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium
    • Opera and Arts Support
    …August 2, 2015OperaComments Off on Antipodes Tour 2015: Australia
  23. Don Pasquale: Cincinnati Opera

    Composed by Gaetano Donizetti

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Richard Buckley

    Sight gags, silent movies propel Don Pasquale: Cincinnati Opera’s lively new production, set in the golden age of Hollywood, lifted the silliness to a new level, and often had

    …July 9, 2015OperaComments Off on Don Pasquale: Cincinnati Opera
  24. Ainadamar: Lexington Philharmonic

    Ainadamar–Fountain of Tears
    Composer: Osvaldo Golijov

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Scott Terrell

    Lexington Opera House

    Presented by Saykaly Garbulinska Artist-in-Residence Program with Kentucky Opera Studio Artists, UK Opera Theatre, and additional regional artistic partners and Special Guest Artist Jesus …

    April 17, 2015OperaComments Off on Ainadamar: Lexington Philharmonic
  25. Carmen: Knoxville Opera

    Composer: Georges Bizet

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Brian Salesky

    Very impressive to me was the difficulty of the physical actions required while singing sometimes complex vocals, whether dancing, sitting or lying down.…stage director Chuck Hudson seems to have

    …February 13, 2015OperaComments Off on Carmen: Knoxville Opera
  26. Antipodes Tour 2014: Australia

    4th Season in Australia

    For the third year in a row, Chuck Hudson received a grant from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund of the American-Australian Association to travel to Australia. This season’s residency at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music was

    August 5, 2014OperaComments Off on Antipodes Tour 2014: Australia
  27. Viardot’s Cendrillon: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival

    Composer: Pauline Viardot

    Based on the original fairy tale by Charles Perrault.

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Music Director: Aurelien Eulert
    Choreographer: Catherine Turocy

    Translation of spoken text by Aurelien Eulert and Chuck Hudson…

    July 19, 2014OperaComments Off on Viardot’s Cendrillon: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival
  28. Don Pasquale: Arizona Opera

    Composed by Gaetano Donizetti

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Gary Wedow

    Hollywood-themed production is a musical and comic delight: Opera aficionados tired of the old “park and bark” won’t want to miss Arizona Opera’s animated take on “Don Pasquale” set

    …April 12, 2014OperaComments Off on Don Pasquale: Arizona Opera
  29. William Tell: Wichita Grand Opera

    Composed by: Gioachino Rossini

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Nayden Todorov

    Libretto in French by Étienne de Jouy and Hippolyte Bis
    After the play “William Tell” by Friedrich Schiller

    In presenting this difficult and massive opera, Wichita Grand Opera did

    …February 22, 2014OperaComments Off on William Tell: Wichita Grand Opera
  30. Albert Herring: Carnegie-Mellon Opera Theater

    Composer: Benjamin Britten

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Brian Garman

    Carnegie-Mellon School of Music-Opera Theatre…

    October 23, 2013OperaComments Off on Albert Herring: Carnegie-Mellon Opera Theater
  31. Antipodes Tour 2013: Australia

    3rd Season in Australia

    For the second year in a row, Chuck Hudson received a grant from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund of the American-Australian Association to travel to Australia to present his Intensive Master Class Series and to Coach

    August 8, 2013OperaComments Off on Antipodes Tour 2013: Australia
  32. Lovers & Dreams: Carnegie-Mellon Opera Theater

    An Opera Showcase Production

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Music Director: Raymond Blackwell

    Carnegie-Mellon School of Music-Opera Theater

    You did with our students what I hoped you would do. You exposed and brought them to an amazing level of characterization and

    …March 22, 2013OperaComments Off on Lovers & Dreams: Carnegie-Mellon Opera Theater
  33. Le Nozze di Figaro: Austin Lyric Opera

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Richard Buckley

    Austin Lyric Opera: Austin, Texas

    Winner of the 2012-2013 Austin Critics’ Table Award for Best Opera Production

    Strong voices, excellent acting…fabulously entertaining:
    In Austin Lyric Opera’s “Figaro,”…the pleasures are

    …January 31, 2013OperaComments Off on Le Nozze di Figaro: Austin Lyric Opera
  34. The Taming of the Shrew (Opera): Perth, Australia

    Originally called Der Wilderspenstigen Zahmung

    Based on The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

    Composer: Hermann Goetz

    Text Adaptation: Chuck Hudson
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson

    Conductor: Brett Weymark

    Geoff Gibbs Theatre: Perth, Australia
    Western Australia Acadamy of Performing Arts…

    October 13, 2012OperaComments Off on The Taming of the Shrew (Opera): Perth, Australia
  35. Antipodes Tour 2012: Australia & New Zealand

    2nd Season in Australia and 1st Season in New Zealand

    Chuck Hudson received a grant from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund of the American-Australian Association to travel to Australia to present his Intensive Master Class Series and to Coach Audition

    August 25, 2012OperaComments Off on Antipodes Tour 2012: Australia & New Zealand
  36. Rigoletto: Opera Saratoga

    Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Jim Caraher

    Saratoga Springs, NY

    Opera Saratoga opens strongly with ‘Rigoletto’: Opera Saratoga opened its season at the Spa Little Theatre with Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” It was a strong production with everything at

    …July 6, 2012OperaComments Off on Rigoletto: Opera Saratoga
  37. The Magic Flute: Tri-Cities Opera

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor:John Mario DiCostanzo

    Strong principals help make TCO’s ‘Flute’ a winner. How can you lose with Mozart? You can’t. I attended the final dress rehearsal Wednesday evening for Tri-Cities Opera’s production of

    …April 27, 2012OperaComments Off on The Magic Flute: Tri-Cities Opera
  38. Rigoletto: Sacramento Opera

    Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Timm Rolek

    Sacramento Opera returns to full-length production with tasteful ‘Rigoletto’. (With) the return of former music director Timm Rolek as conductor and Chuck Hudson directing…this production signals that the company is

    …February 24, 2012OperaComments Off on Rigoletto: Sacramento Opera
  39. Montefeltro Festival 2011, Italy

    La Lingua della Lirica
    Artistic Associate and Stage Director

    Regia: Chuck Hudson
    Direzione Musicale: Ubaldo Fabbri, Glenn Morton, e Michael Sheetz

    Un Castello di Voci: Palazzo Viviani-Castello di Montegridolfo
    Voci nel Montefeltro: Magazzino del Sale, Cervia
    800Festival Saludecio-150

    August 4, 2011OperaComments Off on Montefeltro Festival 2011, Italy
  40. Antipodes Tour 2011: Australia

    Chuck Hudson received a grant from the American Consulate in Perth to travel to Australia to present his Intensive Master Class Series and to Coach Audition Arias in February 2011:

    • Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts: Perth, AUSTRALIA
    • Dame Nellie
    …February 1, 2011OperaComments Off on Antipodes Tour 2011: Australia
  41. Camera Obscura / Lucy: Urban Arias

    Jonathan Sheffer’s Camera Obscura
    Tom Cipullo’s Lucy

    The Gala Opening of ARTISPHERE Performance Space
    Urban Arias, Washington D.C.

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Robert Wood…

    October 10, 2010OperaComments Off on Camera Obscura / Lucy: Urban Arias
  42. Montefeltro Festival 2010, Italy

    La Lingua della Lirica
    Artistic Associate and Stage Director

    Regia: Chuck Hudson
    Direzione Musicale: Ubaldo Fabbri, Glenn Morton, e Michael Sheetz

    Un Castello di Voci: Palazzo Viviani-Castello di Montegridolfo
    Voci nel Montefeltro: Magazzino del Sale, Cervia
    Gran Concerto

    August 3, 2010OperaComments Off on Montefeltro Festival 2010, Italy
  43. Merola Public Master Class, San Francisco Opera

    June 30, 2010
    San Francisco Opera Merola Program
    Chuck Hudson Public Master Class
    Herbst Theatre–War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

    In a short amount of time, Hudson so successfully focused each singer’s energy that every single one sang better and

    …June 30, 2010OperaComments Off on Merola Public Master Class, San Francisco Opera
  44. Opera Showcase: Music Academy of the West

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Music Director: Carrie-Ann Matheson…

    July 18, 2009OperaComments Off on Opera Showcase: Music Academy of the West
  45. La Bohème: Sacramento Opera

    Composer: Giacomo Puccini
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Timm Rolek

    Chuck Hudson’s strong and crisp direction gave much dramatic heft to the work’s tragic moments and comic brilliance to lighthearted ones…Hudson’s stage direction was masterly in the tricky second act

    …May 8, 2009OperaComments Off on La Bohème: Sacramento Opera
  46. Cendrillon: IU Opera Theatre

    Composer: Jules Massenet
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Ronald Zollman

    Inventive staging by Chuck Hudson and a solid performance combined to create a magical evening…Hudson’s staging was highlighted by the magical dream garden created by the fairies and sprites using

    …February 6, 2009OperaComments Off on Cendrillon: IU Opera Theatre
  47. Hansel und Gretel: Opera Cleveland

    Composer: Englebert Humperdinck
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Dean Williamson

    Opera Cleveland serves up a hearty and graceful “Hansel and Gretel”. Chuck Hudson’s fluid staging kept the events moving blissfully along, with fine attention to characterization and atmosphere…the inventive episode

    …October 31, 2008OperaComments Off on Hansel und Gretel: Opera Cleveland
  48. La Bohème: Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

    Composer: Giacomo Puccini
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Mark Gibson

    Received a National Opera Association award.

    ‘La Bohème’ plays up drama…Hudson’s quest for meaning goes beyond words “to make the invisible visible.” Mary Ellen Hutton, Cincinnati Enquirer

    …May 15, 2008OperaComments Off on La Bohème: Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
  49. Turn of the Screw: Sacramento Opera

    Composer: Benjamin Britten
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Timm Rolek

    Daring ‘Turn of the Screw’ thrills with a fine cast: In the Sacramento Opera’s deeply engaging and highly provocative production of Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw,” sexual awakening

    …February 22, 2008OperaComments Off on Turn of the Screw: Sacramento Opera
  50. Don Pasquale: Connecticut Grand Opera

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson…

    November 17, 2007OperaComments Off on Don Pasquale: Connecticut Grand Opera
  51. La Bohème: Berkshire Opera

    Composer: Giacomo Puccini
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Kathy Kelly

    The Berkshire Opera’s first production of Puccini’s little masterpiece about love and friendship in the springtime of life succeeds under Chuck Hudson’s staging for a simple reason: It seems real,

    …August 17, 2007OperaComments Off on La Bohème: Berkshire Opera
  52. La Traviata: SEFOS / Bar Harbor Music Society

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson…

    July 15, 2007OperaComments Off on La Traviata: SEFOS / Bar Harbor Music Society
  53. Così fan tutte: Piedmont Opera

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: James Albritten

    Powerful Ending: Piedmont Opera gives ‘Cosi’ some clarity–stage director Chuck Hudson clarifies the less-than-clear conclusion of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Hudson’s brilliant take on an opera:…Almost everything the singers

    …March 23, 2007OperaComments Off on Così fan tutte: Piedmont Opera
  54. Madama Butterfly: Shreveport Opera

    Composer: Giacomo Puccini
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Louis Menendez

    Review: ‘Madama Butterfly’ soars with simplicity

    Stillness has a way of making sudden gestures seem profound. On Saturday, the Shreveport Opera’s production of “Madama Butterfly” soared because it made the

    …November 11, 2006OperaComments Off on Madama Butterfly: Shreveport Opera
  55. Le Nozze di Figaro: Cape Town Opera (South Africa)

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Kemal Kahn

    Overall credit must obviously go to a production team, who have worked long and hard to achieve so fluent a production, especially one which moves at this pace. Chuck

    …August 20, 2006OperaComments Off on Le Nozze di Figaro: Cape Town Opera (South Africa)
  56. Le Comte Ory: Wolf Trap Opera

    Composed by Gioacchino Rossini
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Robert Wood

    Imagine Boccaccio channeled by Monty Python and you’ll have some idea of the hilarity of Wolf Trap Opera Company’s production of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory…The splendid 20-member cast revels

    …July 14, 2006OperaComments Off on Le Comte Ory: Wolf Trap Opera
  57. Sing to Love: Florida Grand Opera Resident Artist Showcase

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson…

    May 20, 2006OperaComments Off on Sing to Love: Florida Grand Opera Resident Artist Showcase
  58. Cendrillon: Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater

    Composer: Jules Massenet
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Laurent Pillot

    Massenet has always gone down easy…or at least it did…at the second performance of the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater’s perfectly enjoyable production…Chuck Hudson, the director, stuck clearly to

    …April 26, 2006OperaComments Off on Cendrillon: Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater
  59. Rigoletto: Florida Grand Opera

    Associate Stage Director: Chuck Hudson (with Mark Lamos)
    Conductor: Stewart Robertson…

    March 16, 2006OperaComments Off on Rigoletto: Florida Grand Opera
  60. Don Giovanni: Boston University Opera Institute

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: William Lumpkin…

    February 16, 2006OperaComments Off on Don Giovanni: Boston University Opera Institute
  61. Le Donne di Giacomo Puccini: Opera Santa Barbara/Puccini Festival Foundation (Italy)

    Composer: Giacomo Puccini
    Original Text Adaptation: Chuck Hudson
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Cal Stewart Kellogg

    Presented in collaboration with The Puccini Festival Foundation and the Province of Lucca, Italy.

    The first-rate production featured…a terrifically strong cast of five sopranos

    …October 28, 2005OperaComments Off on Le Donne di Giacomo Puccini: Opera Santa Barbara/Puccini Festival Foundation (Italy)
  62. The Barber of Seville: Sacramento Opera

    Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Timm Rolek

    The Barber of Seville…will keep you laughing for the better part of the night… Director Chuck Hudson never veered into slapstick or overextended the joke; he knew when to trust

    …September 16, 2005OperaComments Off on The Barber of Seville: Sacramento Opera
  63. Apprentice Artist Scenes Program: Santa Fe Opera

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson

    Philip Wharton’s Two Saintes Caught in the Same Act
    Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
    Bizet’s Carmen
    Giannini’s Taming of the Shrew
    Floyd’s Of Mice and Men

    August 14, 2005OperaComments Off on Apprentice Artist Scenes Program: Santa Fe Opera
  64. La Traviata: Caramoor Opera

    Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Will Crutchfield…

    July 23, 2005OperaComments Off on La Traviata: Caramoor Opera
  65. Make Our Garden Grow: Florida Grand Opera Resident Artist Showcase

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson

    Aided by Chuck Hudson’s lively direction, these opera excerpts granted the artists space to create
    more rounded characterizations than the usual short, isolated arias. Lawrence A. Johnson, Florida Sun-Sentinel

    …May 21, 2005OperaComments Off on Make Our Garden Grow: Florida Grand Opera Resident Artist Showcase
  66. The Merry Widow: Nevada Opera

    Composer: Franz Lehár
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Michael Borowitz

    Nevada Opera’s “Merry Widow” waltzes into Reno’s Pioneer Center

    Franz Lehar’s sumptuously tuneful “The Merry Widow” … a production that looks ravishing, sounds glorious and entertains to the nth degree

    …March 18, 2005OperaComments Off on The Merry Widow: Nevada Opera
  67. Così fan tutte: AVA Opera Theater

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Cristofer Macatsoris

    After a wonderful AVA directorial debut last season with L’elisir d’amore, Chuck Hudson returns to direct Così. AVA Opera Theater

    Vibrant singing, acting lift Academy of Vocal Arts’ `Cosi

    …November 5, 2004OperaComments Off on Così fan tutte: AVA Opera Theater
  68. Apprentice Artist Scenes Program: Santa Fe Opera

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson

    Mozart’s Idomeneo
    Gounod’s Faust
    Rossini’s Barbiere de Siviglia

    August 15, 2004OperaComments Off on Apprentice Artist Scenes Program: Santa Fe Opera
  69. Don Pasquale: San Francisco Opera Merola Program

    Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Dean Williamson

    Everything about the production cohered, from the ingeniously funny staging by director Chuck Hudson to the musical performance, conducted by Dean Williamson and sung with tremendous vivacity by the

    …August 6, 2004OperaComments Off on Don Pasquale: San Francisco Opera Merola Program
  70. Resident Artist Showcase II: Florida Grand Opera

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson…

    May 22, 2004OperaComments Off on Resident Artist Showcase II: Florida Grand Opera
  71. Resident Artist Showcase I: Florida Grand Opera

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson…

    May 14, 2004OperaComments Off on Resident Artist Showcase I: Florida Grand Opera
  72. L’elisir d’amore: AVA Opera Theater

    Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Cristofer Macatsoris

    ‘The Elixir of Love’ shines at American Vocal Academy…Stage director Chuck Hudson lets the action unfold in a natural way. He draws honest, unaffected characterizations from his cast (who) transition

    …April 29, 2004OperaComments Off on L’elisir d’amore: AVA Opera Theater
  73. Così fan tutte: Opera Santa Barbara

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Valéry Ryvkin

    Sensitive to musical nuance, Mr. Hudson made some wonderful connections between the score and detailed stage business. Delightful…moments between lovers at the end of the first act that had

    …February 28, 2004OperaComments Off on Così fan tutte: Opera Santa Barbara
  74. Opera Scenes Program: USC Thornton

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson…

    January 30, 2004OperaComments Off on Opera Scenes Program: USC Thornton
  75. Hansel and Gretel: USC Thornton Opera Theatre

    Composer: Englebert Humperdinck
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Dean Williamson…

    November 14, 2003OperaComments Off on Hansel and Gretel: USC Thornton Opera Theatre
  76. Apprentice Artist Scenes Program: Santa Fe Opera

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson

    Scenes Program:
    Puccini’s La Boheme
    Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice
    Delibes’ Lakme
    Handel’s Semele
    Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

    Master Teacher: Arias and Action…

    August 18, 2003OperaComments Off on Apprentice Artist Scenes Program: Santa Fe Opera
  77. Dardanus: Wolf Trap Opera Company

    American Professional Premier

    Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Antony Walker
    Choreographer: Catherine Turocy

    Talk about neglected genius! The Wolf Trap Opera Company ( production of Rameau’s opera “Dardanus”)… compensated for bygone neglect with a sparkling performance, worthy

    …July 18, 2003OperaComments Off on Dardanus: Wolf Trap Opera Company
  78. La Traviata: Minnesota Opera

    Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Will Crutchfield

    Judging from Saturday night’s opening, this “La Traviata” is anything but a perfunctory reading of an operatic chestnut…Chuck Hudson’s direction is refreshingly naturalistic for an opera that could easily slip

    …April 5, 2003OperaComments Off on La Traviata: Minnesota Opera
  79. The Merry Widow: Minnesota Opera

    Composer: Franz Lehár
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Martin Fischer-Dieskau

    A crème brûlée of a production…deliciously sweet… directed by Chuck Hudson amid a set reminiscent of a Viennese chocolate box (The Merry Widow) consistently leans upon the twin crowd pleasers

    …November 9, 2002OperaComments Off on The Merry Widow: Minnesota Opera
  80. Apprentice Artist Scenes Program: Santa Fe Opera

    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson

    Scenes Program:
    Verdi’s MacBeth
    Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman
    Britten’s Rape of Lucretia

    Master Teacher: Arias and Action…

    August 11, 2002OperaComments Off on Apprentice Artist Scenes Program: Santa Fe Opera
  81. Don Pasquale: Wolf Trap Opera Company

    Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Dean Williamson

    That the staging works as well as it does owes much to the cast of flexible young singers and to director Chuck Hudson’s well-gauged, highly detailed approach to physical comedy…And

    …June 21, 2002OperaComments Off on Don Pasquale: Wolf Trap Opera Company
  82. Der Wildschütz: Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre

    After a play by August von Kotzebue

    Composer : Albert Lortzing
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Steven Osgood…

    April 24, 2002OperaComments Off on Der Wildschütz: Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre
  83. Susannah: Eugene Opera

    Text and Music: Carlisle Floyd
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Robert Ashens

    Risk pays off for opera company

    Eugene Opera did an excellent job of bringing this riveting opera to the stage…the production on Friday night was what any opera

    …March 8, 2002OperaComments Off on Susannah: Eugene Opera
  84. Carmen: Washington East Opera

    Composer: Georges Bizet
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Dean Williamson…

    January 9, 2002OperaComments Off on Carmen: Washington East Opera
  85. The Barber of Seville: Minnesota Opera

    Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Emmanuel Plasson

    Barber of Seville [was] a witty confection: Barber is a warhorse, but director Chuck Hudson gives it a new patina. His emphasis on physical busyness, including an amazing amount of

    …March 31, 2001OperaComments Off on The Barber of Seville: Minnesota Opera
  86. The Marriage of Figaro: Opera Idaho

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Timothy Lindberg

    Figaro has explosively lively staging by Chuck Hudson…[with] fully believable character[s] whose every gesture worked toward greater expressive depth. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times

    …October 28, 2000OperaComments Off on The Marriage of Figaro: Opera Idaho
  87. La Casa Verdi: Opera Idaho

    An Opera-Theatre Production
    Written by Joann Farías after a story by Chuck Hudson
    Orchestration: Dean Williamson
    Production Concept and Direction: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Timothy Lindberg…

    May 20, 2000OperaComments Off on La Casa Verdi: Opera Idaho
  88. Transformations: Seattle 2000

    An Entertainment based on the poems of Anne Sexton
    Composer: Conrad Susa
    Production Concept and Direction: Chuck Hudson…

    March 31, 2000OperaComments Off on Transformations: Seattle 2000
  89. The Marriage of Figaro: Seattle Opera

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Dean Williamson

    Figaro has explosively lively staging by Chuck Hudson…[with] fully believable character[s] whose every gesture worked toward greater expressive depth. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times

    …November 13, 1999OperaComments Off on The Marriage of Figaro: Seattle Opera
  90. Così fan tutte: Seattle Opera

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Dean Williamson

    The director of Così, Chuck Hudson [approached] the piece rather like the current Metropolitan Opera production, [playing] up its comedy with very few dark overtones. The audience loved it,

    …November 15, 1998OperaComments Off on Così fan tutte: Seattle Opera
  91. Andrea Chénier: Seattle Opera

    Composer: Umberto Giordano
    Stage Director: Bernard Uzan
    Movement Director: Chuck Hudson…

    February 1, 1998OperaComments Off on Andrea Chénier: Seattle Opera
  92. Face on the Bar Room Floor: Seattle Opera

    Composer: Henry Mollicone
    Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Dean Williamson…

    November 22, 1997OperaComments Off on Face on the Bar Room Floor: Seattle Opera
  93. Orpheus Sings of Love: Seattle Opera

    An Opera-Theatre Production
    Written by Joann Farías after a story by Chuck Hudson
    Orchestration: Dean Williamson
    Production Concept and Direction: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Dean Williamson…

    November 21, 1997OperaComments Off on Orpheus Sings of Love: Seattle Opera
  94. La Casa Verdi: Seattle Opera

    An Opera-Theatre Production
    Written by Joann Farías after a story by Chuck Hudson
    Orchestration: Dean Williamson
    Production Concept and Direction: Chuck Hudson
    Conductor: Dean Williamson…

    April 15, 1997OperaComments Off on La Casa Verdi: Seattle Opera
  95. The Elixir of Love: L’Opéra de Lyon

    Composer: Gaetano Donezetti
    Director of Choral Movement: Chuck Hudson
    Corporeal Actor (Various Roles)…

    November 20, 1989OperaComments Off on The Elixir of Love: L’Opéra de Lyon