Paulo Montoya was born in Costa Rica and moved to Sydney at the age of sixteen. He considered a career as a professional golfer before his love for opera and theatre got the better of him and he set his sights on becoming a stage director.

This year Paulo has worked on ten different productions as director, assistant director and stage manager. He directed La bohème and The Deluded Bridegroom for Pacific Opera, was assistant director on Animal Farm at Australian Theatre for Young People (dir. Netta Yashchin), and assistant director and stage manager for Sydney Conservatorium’s production of Orpheus in the Underworld (Sally Blackwood). At Opera Australia, he has been an observer on John Cox’s Capriccio and Gale Edwards’ Salome.

In 2013 Paulo will direct Don Giovanni for Sydney Independent Opera and Iolanta for Sydney Lyric Opera.

Paulo is also a published author and frequently lectures on opera for various educational groups across Sydney. Usually a Wagner and Verdi enthusiast, Paulo’s discovery of Rameau has been a true delight and he can’t wait to work on Baroque opera again!

Paulo was the assistant director for Castor & Pollux (2012).

This bio taken from the last program in which Paulo appeared.

Paulo Montoya

Photo by Bridget Elliot

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