Gregory Keller has created original opera productions across the United States. His extensive background in acting and theater informs his dynamic directing style, allowing him to craft exceptionally engaging performances from his singers. His degree in Art History from Columbia University strongly informs his collaborations with set and costume designers, in order to create elegant and sophisticated designs that produce powerful stage images.
His most recent projects include a fully-staged concert version of Salome at Minnesota Orchestra starring Pat Racette; Cosi fan tutte for the Houston Grand Opera Studio Program; and Il turco in Italia at Wolf Trap Opera, where he previously created a stunning production of L’incoronazione di Poppea.
For Berskhire Opera, he has created original productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, L’heure espagnole and The Old Maid and the Thief, all under the baton of Maestra Kathy Kelly. For Cedar Rapids Opera Theater he his directed an immersive version of Susannah, as well as Salome, which was recorded and broadcast by Iowa PBS.
For Eos Orchestra he directed Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King at the Ethical Culture Society in NY, which was such an unusual hit it reprised at East Hampton’s Guild Hall and Cleveland’s iconic Masonic Temple.
His theater production of Mark Crispin Miller’s Patriot Act at New York Theater Workshop enjoyed a sold-out run, was released on DVD and broadcast nationwide on cable TV.
He has revived numerous productions at the Metropolitan Opera, including: La Fanciulla del West with Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Marie Westbroek; Luisa Miller with Placido Domingo, Sonya Yoncheva and Piotr Bezcala; 3 different revivals of Wozzeck — with Thomas Hampson and Debbie Voigt in 2014, Alan Held and Waltraud Meier in 2011, and Falk Struckman and Katarina Dalayman in 2005; and 2 revivals of Lulu — with Marlis Petersen in 2010 and Christine Schäfer in 2002.
Mr. Keller has been a frequent guest faculty member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and has directed the young artists at the Santa Fe Opera and the New England Conservatory of Music. A native of Los Angeles, he is an alumnus of Columbia College, and hopes to retire someday soon in Hawai’i.