Check out my speculative production of Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Consul" developed in conjunction with designer Liliana Duque Piñeiro.

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Stage Director David Carl Toulson 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 an opera’s 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’ imaginations.

With over 35 original productions to his credit, recent projects in have included directing Hansel & Gretel and Cendrillon for the Miami Music Festival, Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Idaho, Gianni Schicchi for Binghamton University, a 1920’s Chicago-style production of La finta giardinera for Temple University, the recently composed Approaching Ali for North Carolina Opera, an evening of opera scenes at Webster University in St. Louis, and Speed Dating Tonight!, a new opera by Michael Ching, for Tri-Cities Opera. Other projects have included directing Orfeo ed Euridice at Temple University, Opera-on-the-Go for Opera Theater of Saint Louis, 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.

Mr. Toulson is excited to return this summer to Miami to direct a double bill of Gianni Schicchi/L’enfant et les sortileges and The Crucible. In the Fall Mr. Toulson heads to Washington, DC to assist on a production of Le nozze di Figaro, and is then off to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to assist on a new production of Berlioz’s epic Les Troyens.

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 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.

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 current member of the directing staff at Washington National Opera and as an assistant director at the Tanglewood Music Festival, has had the honor to work 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; The Secret Marriage for Aurora Opera Theater; 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.