Andy Morton
Actor / Creative / Directing
Creative

Bio

Andy Morton is a freelance performer and opera director.  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 Graham Vick’s Ariadne on Naxos . 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 moved to Australia in 2012 where he directed Harbour City Opera’s Suor Angelica in 2013 and subsequently established himself as a staff director with Opera Australia. He made his full directorial debut for the company with La Boheme on Sydney harbour in 2018 with the company, directing an international cast in La Bohème on the floating stage in Sydney Harbour. He followed that up post-Covid with a radical, critically acclaimed production of Bluebeard’s Castle at the Sydney Opera House, devised with associate Priscilla Jackman .

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 The Marriage of Figaro, (both of which he has revived in Melbourne), and Damiano Michieletto on Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, which he also revived in Melbourne. For Handa Opera on Sydney 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  and was at the helm in 2017 to revive Gale’s Carmen. In 2018 he worked with Simon Phillips again on a revival of his acclaimed production of Il Turco in Italia before directing Moffatt Oxenbould’s production of Madame Butterfly on OA’s inaugural tour of China. In 2019 he revived Gale Edwards’ Opera House production of Salome, with Lise Lindstrom in the title role and worked twice with Italian director Davide Livermore, first on Anna Bolena, with Ermonela Jaho and then on OA’s co-production with La Scala of Verdi’s Attila.

Reviews

    “Morton steps up to the directing challenge with great flair and confidence....
    - Simon Parris, Man in a Chair, La Bohème

    ...Above all the spectacle, of which there is plenty, he cultivates a tangible, authentic sense of camaraderie amongst the friends, and delivers a final scene that is genuinely moving.”
    - Simon Parris, Man in a Chair, La Bohème

    “This production of La Boheme is a remarkable achievement. Andy Morton’s inventive direction [...] provides an unequalled spectacle which has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.”
    - Arts Review, La Bohème

    "Director Andy Morton does not fall into the trap of populace pleasing, letting effects and grandeur overshadow the drama of the opera....
    - The Plus Ones, La Bohème

    ...He zooms in from the earlier wide-lens city view and focuses closely on a much smaller domestic image, achieving in Act Four a depth of intimacy unexpected in such an open, grand setting. (It’s) entertaining, impressive and genuinely moving.”
    - The Plus Ones, La Bohème

    "This striking production by director Andy Morton and associate director Priscilla Jackman…gives the tautness of Bartok’s superb dramatic arc a shocking moment at the climactic opening of the fifth door...
    - Sydney Morning Herald, Bluebeard’s Castle

    ... – Bluebeard’s kingdom - and an initially chilling denouement (no spoilers – just go and see it).”
    - Sydney Morning Herald, Bluebeard’s Castle