Stage director Tara Faircloth’s work has been seen in opera houses around the nation. Critics hailed her Le nozze di Figaro, claiming, “Faircloth made her Atlanta Opera debut this night with distinction, creating an unstoppable momentum of manipulation and misunderstandings. This production was so fresh that it had the ability to bridge yet another gap, entertaining the amateur and the opera aficionado alike” (Opera News). She has directed two world-premieres with the Houston Grand Opera's East+West series (Your Name Means the Sea and The Bricklayer) and has a thriving career in regional houses such as Wolf Trap Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Atlanta Opera and Opera Colorado (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel & Gretel, etc.). The baroque repertoire is of special interest to Ms. Faircloth, who made her directorial debut with Ars Lyrica Houston’s production of Cain: Il primo omicidio in 2003 and has since designed and directed a number of shows for the company, including Charpentier’s Actéon and La descente d’Orphée aux enfers. She created productions of Dido & Aeneas for Ars Lyrica at the Festival di Musica Barroca in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and for Mercury Baroque in collaboration with the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.
Last season found Ms. Faircloth working on several new productions: Il re pastore with Merola Opera, Agrippina with Ars Lyrica Houston, The Little Prince with Utah Opera, The Coronation of Poppea with Boston Baroque, and returning to some familiar favorites: Le nozze di Figaro for Arizona Opera and Rigoletto for Austin Opera. Following the previous season, which included new productions of Gianni Schicchi, Pagliacci, and Loving Clara, a mixed media collaboration exploring the life and loves of Clara Schumann with Mercury Orchestra, Ms. Faircloth is clearly in demand as an interpreter for familiar works and those that are more obscure. Engagements for the 2019-2020 season include Ariadne auf Naxos at Wolf Trap Opera, Rigoletto at Austin Opera, Le nozze di Figaro at Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Emmeline at Tulsa Opera.