Brad Dalton returns during the 2012-13 season to direct Il trovatore, following his critically acclaimed productions from last season, Idomeneo and Faust. Most recently, Mr. Dalton received critical claim for his direction of the 2010 West Coast premiere of David Carlson’s Anna Karenina. Other productions Mr. Dalton has directed for the company include Così fan tutte and Madama Butterfly for which he received accolades for his stage direction. He has directed productions for opera companies throughout the United States and abroad, including San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Washington Opera and the State Opera of South Australia. For his recent direction of Dead Man Walking for State Opera of South Australia, Mr. Dalton received the prestigious 2004 Helpmann award for “Best Director of an Opera” in Australia. Other productions recently directed include Alceste for Boston Opera, Il trovatore for San Francisco Opera, and A Streetcar Named Desire for Washington Opera – Kennedy Center.
Mr. Dalton has worked with such artists as Ruth Ann Swenson while directing the Met’s production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, and has served as an assistant director to Colin Graham for San Francisco Opera’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, and Maurice Sendak for the Houston Grand Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte.
Educated at Harvard University and the National Shakespeare Conservatory, Mr. Dalton was a Young Artist at the Tanglewood Institute, playing under the baton of Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein.