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David Carl Toulson is rapidly emerging as one of today’s most talented and energetic young opera stage directors and relishes the process of taking a show from the score to the stage, leaving his mark on the grandest of art forms. He is consistently praised for his ability to transform opera characters into living breathing people and for his clarity in storytelling. It is these attributes that allow him to create fresh and exciting productions that capture audiences.

His 2012-2013 season included directing Opera-on-the-Go for Opera Theater of Saint Louis, a reduced version of Hansel and Gretel for Binghamton University, The Ballad of Baby Doe for Winter Opera of Saint Louis, Romeo et Juliette for The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and Tosca for Asheville Lyric Opera. Additionally, Mr. Toulson returned to St. Louis as Opera Theater of Saint Louis’ Resident Assistant Director.

Mr. Toulson’s resounding success directing his first Don Giovanni for Piedmont Opera, was notable for its faithfulness to Mozart’s blend of both comedy and melodrama. And previously, in addition to directing an inspired La bohème for Asheville Lyric Opera, Mr. Toulson performed the role of 'set designer', creating a simple but beautiful production which highlighted the lives of the bohemians as they struggled through life and love. His production of Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage for Aurora Opera Theater in the D.C. metropolitan area was received with much critical acclaim. For this production he was hailed for his “charming sense of humor that he passes off to [his] cast” and for his ability to display “wondrous comedic turns with totally sincere emotions.”

Other notable moments in his career include being the Associate Director on the sumptuous Marta Domingo production of La traviata at Los Angeles Opera, and as a frequent member of the directing staff at Washington National Opera and the Tanglewood Music Festival, having had the honor of working alongside opera greats such as Plàcido Domingo and James Levine.

Equally at home in both comedy and tragedy, other selected directing credits include: Madama Butterfly and Regina for The Catholic University of America; L’elisir d’amore, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, and Carmen for Asheville Lyric Opera; Don Pasquale for Toledo Opera; Face on the Barroom Floor for Central City Opera; The (mini) Magic Flute, a double bill of Haydn’s La Canterina and Donizetti’s Le convenienze teatrali and Don Pasquale for Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia; Dr. Miracle for the University of South Carolina; and Le nozze di Figaro in Cortona, Italy.

Mr. Toulson has also worked extremely successfully with young singers and has received critical acclaim for his direction of outreach programs in companies such as Tulsa Opera, Connecticut Opera, Central City Opera, Virginia Opera and FBN Productions.