Stage director Kathleen Smith Belcher is currently engaged in her 21st year as a member of the directing staff at the Metropolitan Opera.


Among others, she has worked extensively with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera and the San Diego Opera. Belcher assisted Peter Sellars on the world premiere of John Adams’ Dr. Atomic in San Francisco and helped to remount the production for The Netherlands Opera (Amsterdam), and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Woody Allen, Michael Mayer, Bartlett Sher, Susan Stroman and Julie Taymor are just a few of the directors with whom she has collaborated. As a member of the Metropolitan Opera directing staff, she has collaborated on numerous “Live in HD” broadcasts, including the Emmy-winning production of Don Pasquale.

In the 2022-2023 season, Belcher helms Le comte Ory at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Lohengrin at The Metropolitan Opera, and debuts with Pacific Symphony for Rigoletto. The 2021-2022 season for Belcher took her to Florida Grand Opera and Orlando Opera for Rigoletto, as well as to The Metropolitan Opera for Porgy and Bess, La bohème, and Rigoletto. Recent seasons include company debuts directing Gianni Schicchi at La Scala, Rigoletto for Kentucky Opera, a new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia for Chautauqua Opera, and assisting on James Robinson’s new production of Porgy & Bess at ENO and Michael Mayer’s new production of La Traviata at the Met as well as Baseball: A Musical Love Letter and La bohème for Lyric Opera of Kansas City

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