Robert Ray

ROBERT RAY was described by The Age as "one of Australia's leading choreographers." His works include "The Sentimental Bloke", "Poems" and "City Dances" for the Australian Ballet. For Opera Australia he choreographed the ballets in "The Merry Widow", "Adriana Lecouvreur" (both with Dame Joan Sutherland), and "Hamlet". He has also directed and/ or choreographed for Canadian Opera, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canterbury Opera, State Opera of South Australia, Victoria State Opera, and Melbourne City Opera. He has been nominated twice for a Green Room award for his direction and choreography.

In 2007 he staged his ballet "Poems" at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The ABC televised his "Poems" and "City Dances" with the Australian Ballet. His choreographies for "The Merry Widow" and "L'Africaine" both for San Francisco Opera, were telecast across the US, and issued on DVD. For Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria, he has directed "Patience", "The Gondoliers", "The Yeomen of the Guard", "Iolanthe", "Cox & Box", "The Arcadians", "A Country Girl", "The Merry Widow" and "The Geisha".

He directed "Ruddygore" at the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival at Buxton, UK. His productions of "Patience", "The Arcadians", and "The Yeomen of the Guard" and "Ruddygore" all won awards at the same Festival. He has recently returned from four years in New York City, as Artistic Director of the famous Joffrey Ballet School. There he staged several of his ballets. Since his return, he has restaged his choreography for Percy Grainger's ballet "The Warriors" for the Australian Ballet School at the State Theatre, and directed and staged the Centenary Production of Oscar Asche's "Chu Chin Chow" for Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria in both Geelong and Melbourne. He has a Master's Degree in Arts Administration from RMIT University.

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