KALEY KARIS SMITH
About the artist:
Previously for HGO, Kaley Karis Smith served as assistant director for Saul (2019) and for multiple mainstage operas this season: La traviata, El Milagro del Recuerdo, and Werther. This season she is also directing new productions of La traviata at Opera Delaware and Opera Baltimore, as well as Rusalka at Opera Idaho. Smith has worked as a stage director and assistant director with opera companies across the country, including at The Glimmerglass Festival, Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Delaware, Opera Omaha, and Virginia Opera. In May of 2022, she completed a two-year contract with Pittsburgh Opera as the Resident Artist Stage Director, where she directed Soldier Songs and The Rose Elf, and was the assistant stage director for the world premiere of Chris Cerrone and Stephanie Fleischmann’s In A Grove, directed by Mary Birnbaum. Other directing credits include: The Telephone with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Make a Scene! with Opera Delaware, The Turn of the Screw and The Crucible with Chicago Summer Opera, As One Open Rehearsals Series and The Bremen Town Musicians at The Chautauqua Opera Company, The Marriage of Figaro at Augusta University, and Petunia and Jack and the Beanstalk with FBN Productions, Inc.