Stage director David Gately is known for his vivid story telling and lively and clever productions. Opera News has commended him for his "stylish direction [which] put the cast through well-timed paces and coaxed telling characterizations," and the Vancouver Sun recently wrote that his "conception was always theatrically effective, and his approach to the long wordy libretto was briskly entertaining."
In demand across the continent, recent productions of note include his direction of L'Elisir d'Amore with Dallas Opera, Madama Butterfly with Seattle Opera, La Boheme with Florida Grand Opera, Carmen in New Orleans, Les Contes D'Hoffman in Edmonton, 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. His hugely successful "wild west" production of Don Pasquale which was most 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.
The 2008 - 2009 season for the director includes productions of Rigoletto with Arizona Opera, La Cenerentola with Atlanta Opera, Carmen with Vancouver Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro with the Utah Opera, and Luca di Lammermoor with L'Opera de Montreal. He directs two productions with the Fort Worth Opera: La Cenerentola and Dead Man Walking, the latter where he was praised for "his keen combination of insight and imagination...creating an aura of day-to-day reality on stage that in turn gave the opera its gripping emotional effect." (Theater Jones) Future seasons include Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Washington National Opera, Opera Colorado, Arizona Opera and Manitoba Opera, L'Elisir d'Amore with Arizona Opera, Simon Boccanegra with L'Opera de Montreal, and Before Night Falls with the Fort Worth Opera, among others.
Mr. Gately's 2007 - 2008 season included directing Hansel and Gretel with the Washington National Opera, Cosi Fan Tutte with the Florida Grand Opera, Don Pasquale with Opera Colorado, and Lysistrata with the Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake, New York. In addition, he directed a production of Carmen with Austin Lyric Opera and La Cenerentola with the Connecticut Opera which 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) At the Fort Worth Opera he directed the North American premiere of Angeles in America where he was praised for his "immense level of creativity," (Pegasus News) as well as Lucia di Lammermoor where he was hailed for his staging which was both "savvy and sensitive." (Dallas News)
During the 2006 - 2007 season, Mr. Gately directed a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Utah Opera and Vancouver Opera, the opening night Gala with the Florida Grand Opera in celebration of their new opera house, Carmen with the Calgary Opera, and Madama Butterfly with Austin Lyric Opera. Additional productions included Falstaff with the Fort Worth Opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Lyra Ottawa, and Tosca with Opera Omaha.
In recent seasons, Mr. Gately directed Carmen and La Boheme with Florida Grand Opera, La Traviata, La Boheme, L'Italiana in Algeri, Little Women, Salome, Norma, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Don Pasquale all with Fort Worth Opera, Das Rheingold at Ava, 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 Hansel and Gretel with Utah Opera, Don Paquale with L'Opera de Montreal, Arizona Opera, San Diego Opera, Calgary Opera and Edmonton Opera, Le Contes D'Hoffman with Tulsa Opera, Cosi Fan Tutte with Kentucky Opera, Ariadne Auf Naxos, Orpheus in the Underworld, Kiss Me Kate and Madama Butterfly at the Brevard Music Center, Der Rosenkavalier with Vancouver Opera, and The Turn of the Screw with the New England Conservatory.
Additional career highlights include directing performances of La Boheme with Vancouver Opera, 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.