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Kelly Robinson

  • Choreographer
  • Director, Artistic/Stage


Kelly Robinson made his directorial debut in London’s West End with PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, the World Premiere of a musical theatre creation by Gaudio with book and lyrics by Sarner and Liechling.  His productions of SOUND OF MUSIC and GUYS AND DOLLS were huge successes at Ontario’s renowned Stratford Festival, breaking all records.  In 2002 he directed Portland Opera’s COSI FAN TUTTE to great acclaim, and returned to Arizona Opera during the same season for Humperdinck’s HÄNSEL UND GRETEL in October.  He was director for the world premiere of FILUMENA, libretto by John Murrell, music by John Estacio for Calgary Opera in February of 2003. Hailed at its premiere, the production was also presented at the Banff Centre, at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre and was produced in Edmonton (later filmed for television).  Mr. Robinson staged SWEENEY TODD for the Calgary Opera and Arizona Opera, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for the Banff Centre and UN BALLO IN MASCHERA for L’Opéra de Québec. Projects for 2005-2006 included ROMÉO ET JULIETTE for Opera Ontario and the Canadian Premiere of DEAD MAN WALKING plus DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE in Calgary. His creative energy led to the successful World Premiere of Estacio’s FROBISHER in Calgary, while recent and upcoming productions include the World Premiere of Tovey’s THE INVENTOR, BALLAD OF BABY DOE, LITTLE WOMEN and ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for Calgary Opera, RIGOLETTO and LILLIAN ALLING (a world premiere) for Vancouver Opera, DIE ZAUBERFLOTE for L’Opéra de Montreal and ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL for Arizona Opera.  

Further credits include VIDA for the Luminato Festival in Toronto and in Havana, Cuba, WEST SIDE STORY for the Stratford Festival, the Gershwins’ A FOGGY DAY for the Shaw Festival and NEEDFIRE for Mirvish Productions at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Mr. Robinson is a former associate artistic director of the Banff Music Theatre Ensemble, Edmonton Opera and Comus Music Theatre in Toronto.  Film and television credits include choreography for Columbia pictures, CBC, NBC and ABC television.  He holds a law degree from York University and is Director of Creative Development for Mirvish Productions.