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       Matthew Barclay, Stage Director/Acting Coach


Matthew Barclay is an opera director, choreographer, movement director and arts manager. 

Mr. Barclay studied music as a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, attended the Victorian College of the Arts, graduated in dance from the Australian Ballet School and in arts management from Deakin University.  He is currently Senior Resident Director & Dance Supervisor at Opera Australia and has directed over forty opera productions, most recently redirecting Julie Taymor's acclaimed production of THE MAGIC FLUTE at the Sydney Opera House.

He has directed MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Pittsburgh Opera and Opéra de Montréal; IL TROVATORE at the Macau International Music Festival; CARMEN for the Taiwan Philharmonia; FAUST, IL TROVATORE, DON GIOVANNI for West Australian Opera; L'ELISIR D'AMORE, DON GIOVANNI, MADAMA BUTTERFLY for State Opera of South Australia; CARMEN for Opera Queensland; LA CLEMENZA DI TITO for Victorian College of the Arts Opera; DIE FLEDERMAUS for Sydney Conservatorium Opera. He was associate director and choreographer of GIULIO CESARE for the Los Angeles Opera, assistant director of SHOWBOAT at the Royal Albert Hall, and BLISS in the 2010 Edinburgh International Festival.

Mr. Barclay has a longstanding interest in artist development and coaching for performance.  He has created movement and acting programs in education and artist development programs as guest lecturer on the Faculty of Vocal and Opera Studies in Sydney Conservatorium of Music, for the opera program at the Victorian College of the Arts, and the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program of Opera Australia.

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