GREGORY FORTNER (Director) Having already directed numerous plays and operas throughout the United States and South America, Gregory is quickly emerging as an important young director. Previous engagements have included Il Trovatore for the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Die Fledermaus for the Palm Beach Opera, Jeffery Hatcher's play Scotland Road, and a remounting of La Bohème for the Central City Opera's student performance. Gregory has also worked with renowned stage director Stephen Wadsworth on a production of Moliere's Don Juan at the McCarter Theater in Princeton. This past season, Gregory returned to Palm Beach Opera to direct Lucia di Lammermoor and made his debut with Opera Carolina directing their production of Carmen. Upcoming engagements include directing Madama Butterfly with Michigan Opera Theatre and Don Giovanni with Toledo Opera. Additional engagements as an assistant director include Cosi fan Tutte with Opera Pacific, Dialogues of the Carmelites and Manon Lescaut with Palm Beach Opera, and La Traviata with Washington Opera. Gregory has worked as an assistant director for the productions of Anoush, Così fan tutte, Falstaff, and La Bohème with Michigan Opera Theater, Madama Butterfly, Norma, Susannah, Tannhäuser, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and Don Giovanni with Palm Beach Opera, La Bohème with Opera Pacific and Washington Opera, Andrea Chénier with Virginia Opera, William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge with Portland Opera, and the world premiere of Sacco & Vanzetti with Anton Coppola at Opera Tampa. Gregory received a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan with a concentration on vocal performance and Italian language. He also worked as a production assistant on the Academy Award winning Documentary film, Bowling for Columbine with legendary documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, and has worked as an Associate Producer for videos and commercials with HKO Media.

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