David Gately

David Gately

Director of the Opera Studio,
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Music
Music Building South

D.E.Gately@tcu.edu | 206-427-3837


BA, Oberlin College (1975)

Courses Taught

Opera Workshop
Private Dramatic Study w/Artist Diploma Students.
Special Opera Projects with Grad and AD Students

Areas of Focus

Dramatic training for singers. Two opera productions a year. First, an opera scenes program. Second, a full length opera fully produced.

Stage director David Gately is known for his vivid story telling and lively and clever productions.  Recent reviews have called his staging “fresh, amusing and energetic,” and praised his direction which used “nuance and creative physical comedy, resulting in a superb production brimming with energy.”

Mr. Gately is completing his fifth year as  Assistant Professor of Music in the College of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University where he is Director of the Opera Studio. The Opera Studio, under Mr. Gately’s direction has presented two world premiere operas during his tenure. Most recently TCU presented the world premiere of Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire’s Yeltsin in Texas! Previously, the Opera Studio presented the world premiere production of Zach Redler and Jerre Dye’s The Falling and the Rising. This production was done as a coproduction with Soldier’s Chorus of the US Army Field Band and was produced at TCU. The production also won First Place in its division at the National Opera Association. Texas Christian University was also was a co-commissioner on these two pieces. Other productions at TCU include Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (also a third place winner in its division at the National Opera Association) as well as productions of Verdi’s Falstaff, Muhly’s Dark Sisters, and Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.

Recent professional highlights for Mr. Gately include directing Rigoletto with Lyric Opera of Kansas City,  The Abduction from the Seraglio with Kentucky Opera, Before Night Falls with Florida Grand Opera, Voir Dire with Fort Worth Opera, Don Pasquale with Brevard Music Center, and The Turn of the Screw with Music Academy International.

During recent seasons, Mr. Gately directed Aida with Opera Colorado, Merry Widow with Utah Opera, Showboat with Kentucky Opera, and finally l Barbiere di Sivigliawith Fort Worth Opera.   A highlight of the 2014 – 2015 season was his direction of La Fanciulla del West with Des Moines Opera where he “created a vibrant staging that was not only grounded in truthful, meaningful relationships, but also filled the stage with well-motivated,  seemingly spontaneous movement.” (Opera Today) Additional engagements that season included La Traviata with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Fort Worth Opera, Silent Night with Calgary Opera, La Fanciulla del West with Des Moines Opera, and a double bill of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi with McGill University.

The Director’s hugely successful “Wild West” production of Don Pasquale which was recently hailed as a “contemporary classic” by the Denver Posthas been mounted by San Diego Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Colorado, Calgary Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Virginia Opera, Dayton Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Omaha, Edmonton Opera, the Fort Worth Opera, and  at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

The Merry Widow – Utah Opera – Director

Showboat – Kentucky Opera – Director

The Barber of Seville – Fort Worth Opera – Director

Carmen – Music Academy International – Director

Cosi fan tutte – Music Academy International – Director

The Abduction from the Seraglio – Kentucky Opera – Director

Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi – TCU Opera – Director/Producer

Voir Dire – Fort Worth Opera – Director

The Barber of Seville at the Fort Worth Opera Best Opera Production 2016, Dallas Morning News.