Stage Director JJ Hudson is well known for his sensitive and dynamic productions. Engagements in 2017 include, Werther for Temple University Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera in the Ozarks, Carmen for the Lakes Area Music Festival, La Bohème for Tri-Cities Opera, and I Pagliacci for Imperial Symphony Orchestra
In 2016, JJ directed Così fan tutte in his company debut with Opera Tampa, Lucio Silla for Temple University Opera, Bastianello for Rochester Lyric Opera, Pagliacci and Il Tabarro for Opera in the Ozarks, A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Lakes Area Music Festival, South Pacific for Opera Roanoke, and The Impresario and The Medium for The University of Kansas Opera.
Company debuts in 2015 included La Cenerentola with Opera Roanoke, Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Tri-Cities Opera, a new production of West Side Story for Asheville Lyric Opera, Albert Herring for the Opera Breve Vocal Intensive, and La Bohème with The Lakes Area Music Festival.
In 2013, JJ served on the directing staff of the Aspen Opera Theater, where he worked on productions of Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, and L’Incoronazione di Poppea. In 2012, JJ directed Schubert’s Winterreise in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for the Make Music New York Winter Festival. The production received an enthusiastic review in The New York Times. He has also worked for Opera North, Syracuse Opera, Tacoma Opera, Mercury Opera Rochester, Empire State Lyric Theater, and Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Rochester Lyric Opera, Oswego Opera Theater, Eastman Opera Theater, Stony Brook University Opera Theater, Columbus State University, Concord University, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
JJ holds a M.M. in Stage Direction and a D.M.A. in Voice and Opera Performance from the Eastman School of Music, an M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa, and a B.M. in Music Composition and Vocal Performance from Stetson University.