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Richard Gammon

Richard Gammon
Director of Opera


Richard Gammon has recently directed the double of Gluck’s L’île de Merlin and Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Wolf Trap Opera, Madama Butterfly with Virginia Opera, a double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost at Michigan Opera Theatre, Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and the American premiere of Scarlatti’s Erminia at the Kennedy Center with Opera Lafayette, Susannah with Charlottesville Opera, Jack Perla’s An American Dream with Virginia Opera’s contemporary opera series “Variations”, and Andy Monroe’s The Life and Times of Joe Jefferson Benjamin Blow at NYC’s Theatre 315 with the National Asian Artists Project. At the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival he directed Much Ado About Nothing and for the Cleveland Play House he directed monologues written by Rajiv Joseph, Lloyd Suh, Karen Zacarias, Tanya Saracho, and Matthew Lopez for The CARE Monologue Project. He has directed the world premieres of Jorge Sosa’s The Lake at ArtSounds (KC) and Tonantzin with the University of Missouri Kansas City as well as the workshop of J Ashley Miller’s Echosis with Atemporchestra.


Richard is the Director of Opera Maine’s Studio Artist Program and has directed productions of Jack Perla’s An American Dream (East Coast premiere), Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song, Jake Heggie’s Three Decemebers, Trouble in Tahiti, The Medium, and a site-specific production of Gianni Schicchi at SPACE Gallery. He is co-creator and director of Art with Arias, a collaborative recital series partnering artists from Opera Maine and the Portland Museum of Art. In addition to Opera Maine, he has worked extensively with Young Artist Programs around the country. For Opera Theatre Saint Louis’ 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons Richard co-directed Center Stage, a concert of opera scenes for the Gerdine Young Artists and Richard Gaddes Festival Artists with the St. Louis Symphony. He spent four seasons as the Stage Director for the Charlottesville Opera Young Artist Program, was a Directing Fellow at Wolf Trap Opera, a Young Artist director at Opera North, a Stage Director/Acting Coach for Bel Canto in Tuscany located in Greve in Chianti, Italy, and directed a warehouse production of La bohème with the Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists of Virginia Opera. He has also enjoyed working with the students of the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University, and Morningside College in productions such as Sweeney Todd, Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, La traviata, Così fan tutte, Dido and Aeneas, Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna, Rorem’s Three Sisters who are Not Sisters, Ward’s Roman Fever, and Hilliard & Boresi’s The Filthy Habit.


Other creative positions include Creative Associate for the world premiere of Dream’d in a dream with Seán Curran Company at BAM Next Wave Festival, an Artist Resident at Hewnoaks Artist Colony, the Associate Director for Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath at Michigan Opera Theatre, the Resident Assistant Director at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and an Assistant Director at LA Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Charlottesville Opera, Opera North, and Opera Maine.

Contact Information
(319) 273-2353
Office Location: 
44 Russell Hall
Artist Certificate: University of Missouri - Kansas City
MM: Southern Illinois University- Carbondale
BM: New England Conservatory of Music