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.” A highlight of the the 2017 – 2018 season for Mr. Gately includes directing Rigoletto with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. During the previous season he directed 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 Don Giovanni with Music Academy International.

During the 2015 – 2016 season, Mr. Gately directed Aida with Opera Colorado, Merry Widow with Utah Opera, Showboat with Kentucky Opera, and finally l Barbiere di Siviglia with 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 Post has 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 and the Fort Worth Opera. In addition to these performances, the last several seasons are highlighted by productions of La Traviata with The Academy of Vocal Arts and Atlanta Opera, Cosi Fan Tutte, Giulio Cesare and Ariadne auf Naxos with Fort Worth Opera, L’Italiana in Algeri with Seagle Music Colony, and Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon with Boston University’s Fringe Festival. In addition, he directed noted productions of Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Colorado, Aida with Vancouver Opera, Orfeo ed Euridice with Boston Baroque, and Lysistrata with Fort Worth Opera, as well as La Bohème with Atlanta Opera, both Hansel and Gretel and Little Women with Utah Opera, Faust with San Diego Opera, and Lucia di Lammermoor with the Calgary Opera.

Career milestones include his staging of L’Elisir d’Amore with Dallas Opera and Atlanta Opera, Madama Butterfly with Seattle Opera, La Boheme with Florida Grand Opera, Carmen in New Orleans, Les Contes D’Hoffman in Edmonton and Tulsa, Die Zauberflote with the Cincinnati and Vancouver Operas, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with both the Florentine Opera and Glimmerglass Opera, Falstaff with Opera Omaha, and Rigoletto with Utah Opera and Arizona Opera. He has directed productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Washington National Opera, Opera Colorado and Manitoba Opera, Simon Boccanegra for it’s premiere with L’Opera de Montreal, and the World Premiere production of Before Night Falls with the Forth Worth Opera where the Dallas Morning News wrote that he “supplies a physically gripping staging.” In addition, he directed Angels in America with Fort Worth Opera for its North American Premiere, as well as it’s UK premiere with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London.

Over the course of the last several years he directed productions of Hansel and Gretel with the Washington National Opera and Utah Opera, La Cenerentola with Atlanta Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and Connecticut Opera, Cosi Fan Tutte with the Florida Grand Opera and Kentucky Opera, Carmen and Ariadne auf Naxos with Vancouver Opera, Dead Man Walking with Fort Worth Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro with the Utah Opera, Carmen with Austin Lyric Opera, and Luca di Lammermoor with Forth Worth Opera and with L’Opera de Montreal where his direction was called “elegant, realistic and almost balletically integrated with the music.” (The Gazette) His recent production of La Cenerentola with the Connecticut Opera was called “a triumph. It was funny and clever, full of youthful energy and razor-sharp musicianship. Stage Director David Gately was inspired. The placement and movement of characters onstage was clever and often allowed sound to move in stereo from side to side.” (Courant)

Additional career highlights include directing Carmen and La Boheme with Florida Grand Opera, La Traviata, La Boheme, L’Italiana in Algeri, Little Women, Salome, Norma, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Falstaff, and Don Pasquale all with Fort Worth Opera, Das Rheingold at Academy of Vocal Arts, Sweeney Todd at the Brevard Festival, and Weill’s The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken at the Fringe Festival in Boston. In addition, he directed Ariadne Auf Naxos, Orpheus in the Underworld, Kiss Me Kate and Madama Butterfly at the Brevard Music Colony, Der Rosenkavalier and La Boheme with Vancouver Opera, and The Turn of the Screw with the New England Conservatory. He also staged productions of The Mikado with Edmonton Opera, L’Italiana in Algeri with Central City Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro with the Academy of Vocal Arts, and the Seven Deadly Sins with Boston University. He directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Florentine Opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera de Quebec, and Die Zauberflote with the Shreveport Opera. Mr. Gately’s production credits also include Manon, Smetana’s Two Widows, Die Fledermaus, The Rape of Lucretia, Gianna Schicchi, I Pagliacci, The Merry Widow, Candide, Amahl, Don Giovanni, Otello Samson et Dalila, Aida, Turandot, La Fille du Regiment, Le Comte Ory, Lucia, Les Pecheurs des Perles, Lakme and The Ballad of Baby Doe.


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.