Stage Director JJ Hudson is well known for his sensitive and dynamic productions. In the 2014 – 2015 season, JJ directed Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Tri-Cities Opera, La Cenerentola for Opera Roanoke, West Side Story for Asheville Lyric Opera, La Boheme for the Lakes Area Music Festival, La Traviata for the Berkshire Theatre Group, Le Nozze di Figaro for Columbus State University, and Little Women and Albert Herring for Opera Breve. Engagements in 2016 include Cosi fan tutte for Opera Tampa, Lucio Silla for Temple University, Bastianello for Rochester Lyric Opera, Il Tabarro and Pagliacci for Opera in the Ozarks, and South Pacific for Opera Roanoke.
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.