Jonathon Loy, New York City based, is the Director of Production and Co-Founder of Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF), a summer festival in Western Massachusetts, that produced its first full festival season during the summer of 2016 to great critical and popular acclaim, restoring fully-produced opera to the Berkshire region. Mr. Loy is also a Guest Director on the Staging Staff at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City since 2009 and a 2002 OPERA America Fellowship winner. As a fellow he focused on stage direction and artistic administration, during which time he completed residencies at New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Memphis, and Cincinnati Opera.
An active Stage Director, Mr. Loy has directed the revivals of Tosca, Carmen, Le Nozze di Figaro and Faust at the Metropolitan Opera. He has directed his new productions of Don Pasquale,
Rigoletto, Ariadne auf Naxos and Madama Butterfly with BOF for the 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 seasons, respectively. He spent five summers directing with Opera Fairbanks in Alaska where in the summer of 2014 he staged a new production of L’Italiana in Algeri with Vivica Genaux and Barry Banks. Summer 2015 saw a new production of Hansel and Gretel.
The 2019-2020 season includes his 11th season at the Metropolitan Opera, where he will direct the revivals of Tosca, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Maria Stuarda, and assistant direct the new production of Agrippina and the revival of La Traviata. Mr. Loy will make his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in May 2020 directing a fully-produced, semi-staged production of Elektra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin [canceled due to COVID-19]. Summer 2019 will see a new production of Don Giovanni with BOF. The 2020-2021 will include Mr. Loy's Teatro Real Madrid debut remounting David Alden's Un Ballo in Maschera [canceled due to COVID-19], in addition to returning to the Metropolitan Opera for his 12th season.
He has also directed Don Giovanni for Opera Las Vegas, Hansel & Gretel adapted by Perry Lorenzo for the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, three new operas Golden Gate, Fade and Hunger Art as well as La Traviata, La Boheme, Rigoletto and more for Center City Opera Theater. Mr. Loy is also an active assistant director and has worked with such companies as The Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Michigan Opera Theater, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera North and more.
Mr. Loy is the former General Director of Center City Opera Theater in Philadelphia (2003-2007) where he was the first person to produce fully-staged opera in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater.
Mr. Loy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on theater, business, and Italian. He had the unique opportunity to work at Pittsburgh Opera for four years while attending the university and also meeting the renowned voice teacher Claudia Pinza who took Mr. Loy to her school in Italy, where he was able to study the operatic repertoire and experience first hand the training of young singers.