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Andy Morton

Andy Morton

Director

This is Andy's sixth year working on Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and his debut as director for Opera Australia. He first worked for the company in 2013 assisting Gale Edwards on her Joan Sutherland stage production of La Bohème, a production he has revived three times. Since then he has been a regular guest, assisting Simon Phillips on L'elisir d'amore, Bruno Ravella on Faust, Sir David McVicar on Così fan tutte and Marriage of Figaro, (which he revived in Melbourne), and Damiano Michieletto on Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, which he also revived in Melbourne. On the harbour, he has assisted Gale Edwards twice more, on her Carmen and Aida, La Fura Dels Baus on Madame Butterfly, Chen Shi-Zheng on Turandot — also with 2018’s designer, Dan Potra — and was at the helm last year to revive Gale's Carmen. Later in 2018 he will assist Simon Phillips again in reviving his Il Turco in Italia.

He started his directing career as assistant to Francisco Negrin on King Arthur in The Hague and was subsequently a staff director at English National Opera on Manon with David McVicar, which he revived for the Royal Opera of Wallonie, and on Ariadne on Naxos with Lynn Binstock. He has worked at Opera North on Marriage of Figaro and Houston Grand Opera on the world premiere of Florencia en el Amazonas with Francesca Zambello, which he subsequently revived for LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera (twice) and Cincinnati Opera. He directed Harbour City Opera’s Suor Angelica in 2013.

Andy has played roles in contemporary works for Nigel Osbourne's Differences in Demolition and Naciketa, English National Opera (Lost Highway), The Globe Theatre (The Burial at Thebes) and Royal Opera House(Pinnochio). For Opera della Luna, he played lead roles in HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, La belle Hélène, Die Fledermaus and Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna. He has also played Jean Valjean in the West End (Les Misérables), Steve Strange in Boy George's Taboo and Martin Guerre (Martin Guerre).