Roy Rallo started his career in opera directly after receiving his BA in Music from the University of Southern California by forging a strong association with what was then arguably the only opera company in the United States producing opera in a progressive production style – Southern California’s Long Beach Opera, where he was named artistic administrator at the age of 22. He continued his association with the company for six years, during which he helped produce over 15 new productions of opera, as well as directing his own production of Mozart’s LUCIO SILLA in 1991 . After leaving the company, he returned to direct critically acclaimed productions of Bartok’s BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE and Strauss’ ELEKTRA. This brought him to the attention of Pamela Rosenberg, who chose him to direct the first new production of her tenure at San Francisco Opera – Mozart’s LA FINTA GIARDINIERA for the San Francisco Opera Center, as well as what would have been the last new production of her tenure – a contracted and conceptualized, but never staged LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR for the main stage.
In Oakland California he has been responsible for creating a series of so-called “Fire Operas” – to date Purcell’s DIDO AND AENEAS and Weill’s 7 DEADLY SINS, both of which have been produced by Oakland’s School of Fire Arts, The Crucible, inside their industrial arts facility. His 2004 production of Strauss’ DER ROSENKAVALIER for De Jyske Opera in Aarhus, Denmark was nominated for Denmark’s prestigious Reumert Prize.
He recently made his German solo directing debut with a critically acclaimed new production of Donizetti’s DON PASQUALE for the Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar. Roy’s long time collaboration with Christopher Alden includes co-directing Gluck’s rarely performed comedy L’ISLE DE MERLIN for the Spoleto Festival, Charleston 2007, Verdi’s AIDA for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin in March of 2008, and CARMEN for the Nationaltheater, Mannheim 2004. For Christopher Alden he has also served as dramaturg for productions of FAUST for the Welsh National Opera and IL TROVATORE for De Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, Belgium. While working as a staff director for the San Francisco Opera, he was responsible for remounting Richard Jones’ PIQUE DAME, and Johannes Schaaf’s IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, as well as serving as assistant to Jossi Wieler (ALCINA, DOKTOR FAUSTUS), Nicolas Brieger (ST. FRANCOIS d’ASSISE), Kasper Holten (LE GRANDE MACABRE) and David Alden (RODELINDA). He has been responsible for directing revivals of Nicolas Brieger’s IDOMENEO in Barcelona and Hamburg, Jossi Wieler’s ALCINA in Lyon, and Christopher Alden’s TURANDOT in New Zealand. He is also a returning teacher and coach for San Francisco Opera Center’s Merola Opera program and Adler Fellowship program, and has been a guest lecturer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of San Francisco and New York City’s Parsons School of Design.
During the 2010/2011 Season he will direct a new production of Strauss' ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for the Opera National de Bordeaux, create an original music-theater piece for the Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar, and direct a new production of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE for the San Francisco Opera Center.