Opera Stage Director; Area Coordinator of Opera
N462 Timashev Building
1866 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210
Areas of Expertise
- Bachelor of Music Education, University of Michigan, 1991
- Master's in Stage Direction of Opera, Indiana University, 1997
Eric Gibson is a stage director based in Columbus, Ohio whose extensive experience directing opera and musical theatre keeps him in great demand. For five years he was director of Lyric Theater at Northern Arizona University–Flagstaff, staging original productions of The Light in the Piazza, Kiss me, Kate!, Dido & Aeneas, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, and The Magic Flute which garnered a first prize win in the National Opera Association's 2019 Opera Competition.
Recent career highlights include new productions of The Mikado and HMS Pinafore for Union Avenue Opera, Barber of Seville for Opera Tampa and Mobile Opera, a debut with Winter Opera in St. Louis staging Italian Girl in Algiers, and remaining a regular at Fargo-Moorhead Opera, where he has staged Die Fledermaus, The Pirates of Penzance, Madama Butterfly, Hansel & Gretel, and Barber of Seville. He recently guided the Young Artist Program productions of Trouble in Tahiti, Cinderella, and Bastien and Bastienne.
For a dozen seasons at LOOK Musical Theatre (Tulsa, Oklahoma) Gibson directed over forty original productions, including Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, My Fair Lady, Candide, Evita, Gypsy, Hello, Dolly! and nearly all of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.
Gibson debuted with Varna International in Bulgaria, staging Così fan tutte in 2019; upcoming projects include returning to teach acting and directing scenes for IPAI (Kiefersfelden, Germany) in the summer of 2023, staging La Rondine for Winter Opera (St. Louis), and returning to Fargo–Moorhead in the 2023 season to stage La Bohème.