Stage director Corinne Hayes has recently created new productions of La Rondine for the Miami Music Festival, Rigoletto for Mississippi Opera, and Così fan tutte for Winter Opera St. Louis, of which Broadway World stated, “Corinne Hayes manages her players wonderfully. Every move is natural, stage pictures are well composed, the chorus is given lovely detail, and every instrumental passage is filled with meaningful physical action. All in all a beautiful job by Ms. Hayes.”
The 2018-19 season began with a company debut at Opera Philadelphia, where Corinne worked on James Darrah’s wildly successful production of Ne Quittez Pas. Later this season, Corinne returns to the directing staff of Washington National Opera for their production of Francesca Zambello’s The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me. In the new year, Corinne makes her directing debut with the Webster University Opera Studio, and returns to the University of Maryland to collaborate with the renowned Maryland Opera Studio. Corinne serves on the faculty of the Miami Music Festival and Red River Lyric Opera, and will stage Le nozze di Figaro (Miami) and The Little Prince (Red River) for their 2019 summer festivals.
Corinne is committed to presenting music theater that is accessible beyond the walls of the opera house. In June 2014, Corinne made her DC debut with Teatro Lirico of DC, directing La Verbena de la Paloma at the GALA Hispanic Theatre. She has since directed several zarzuelas for the company, with new projects currently in the development stages. In addition to her work in the zarzuela repertoire, Corinne has created site-specific productions of David Conte’s The Gift of the Magi and Gershwin's Blue Monday with Marble City Opera in collaboration with beloved Knoxville jazz band The Marble City 5. As an assistant and associate director, Corinne has been honored to work with such notable artists as Francesca Zambello at Washington National Opera and Dallas Opera, Ken Cazan at Central City Opera, James Darrah at Opera Philadelphia, and Tito Capobianco at Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia.