This past season, Alison moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to begin her artist diploma in opera directing at CCM. Alison directed Joseph Bologne's comedic opera, L'Amant Anonyme (The Anonymous Lover), as well as assisted Robin Guarino on Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro.
Last summer, Alison joined The Glimmerglass Festival as a Young Artist Director for their re-imagined outdoor performances. Alison assisted on new adaptations of Mozart's The Magic Flute and Verdi's Il trovatore.
Alison collaborates with Early Music Now in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to create short films inspired by the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque periods. Her film, Sleep hath its own world, utilized music by Luigi Rossi, Claudio Monteverdi, and others, to explore the world of dreams. The project combined early music instrumentation with voice and dance and was released free to the public in April 2021
In December 2020, Alison joined the Florentine Opera as their Resident Artist Director for the Winter & Spring 2020/21 season. She assisted on the Bronzeville La bohème School Tour and assisted director Jill Anna Ponasik on Weill’s Mahagonny-Songspiel in May 2021.
Alison Pogorelc is an American director of opera, theater, and film who seeks to create multidisciplinary work which challenges engagement with traditionally classical forms.
In the 2022-23 season, she joins the assistant stage directing staff at the Metropolitan Opera, and makes her West Coast debut, directing Paul Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-Bleue for West Edge Opera. Additionally, she will head to Wolf Trap Opera to direct the Studio Showcase and then return to Cincinnati to direct Handel’s Agrippina at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She was recently named a 2022-23 recipient of the National Opera Association's JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Stage Director Fellowship.
Photos by Romain Mayambi
Previously, Alison was named one of four Young Artist Directors for The Glimmerglass Festival 2020. Although performances were disrupted by COVID-19, she was honored to be selected to assist Francesca Zambello on her new production of Wagner’s Die Feen.
In her theater work, Alison is passionate about finding new ways to democratize heightened language. At the New School Drama, she adapted and directed the work and poetry of Harold Pinter (The Silenced: One Acts by Harold Pinter) and Seamus Heaney (Station Island).
In rehearsal at the Glimmerglass Festival,
Photo by Karli Cadel
Other assistant credits include: Ariadne auf Naxos (Cincinnati Opera); The Rake’s Progress, Le Nozze di Figaro, Vanessa, Così fan tutte, Street Scene (Mannes Opera); Hänsel und Gretel, L’incoronazione di Poppea (Berlin Opera Academy); The Echo Drift (Prototype Opera Festival)
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Alison has sought different ways to reach audiences virtually. In August, Alison created and directed The Way Through Sorrow for the first ever fully virtual Rochester Fringe Festival. She also directed virtual readings of Justin McDevitt’s work for Poetic Theater Productions and Fifth Avenue Theatre Festival.
Alison Pogorelc received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, with a concentration in directing, as well as a minor in Literary Studies from The New School of Drama in New York City.