Mr. Hoomes has been the artistic director of Nashville Opera since 1995.  Also a free-lance stage director, he has directed over 150 productions of opera and music theatre in the US, South America, and Canada.  The New York Times declared his Nashville Opera world premiere of Elmer Gantry “An Operatic Nashville.”  A June 2010 Opera News feature article acknowledged, “Hoomes has proved himself one of the most interesting stage directors in the regional market today with a seemingly limitless knowledge of repertoire.”

Since receiving his masters degree at Indiana University, Mr. Hoomes has worked for many professional opera companies including Opera Lyra Ottawa, Teatro Colón, Cincinnati Opera, The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Opera Columbus.

Mr. Hoomes has directed, among numerous other productions, Salome, Rigoletto, Tosca, The Pearl Fishers, La Bohème, Carmen, and Der Rosenkavalier for Nashville Opera; Madama Butterfly and Carmen for Kentucky Opera; Die Fledermaus and Susannah for Indianapolis Opera; The Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, and La Bohème for Opera Carolina; Don Giovanni, Elmer Gantry, and Salome for Florentine Opera; Don Giovanni for Opera Cleveland; Ernani and Jenufa for Sarasota Opera; and Turandot for The Opera Festival of New Jersey, Nashville Opera, Opera Columbus, Opera Memphis, and The Opera Company of North Carolina.

Recently Mr. Hoomes staged the world premieres of Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, which was recorded on Naxos Records, and songwriter Marcus Hummon’s chamber opera Surrender Road at Martha Rivers Ingram Hall in Nashville.  He also directed the Southeastern professional premiere of two contemporary pieces, Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine and Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse.  In fall 2009 Mr. Hoomes directed the Tennessee premiere of The Fall of the House of Usher by composer Philip Glass, a groundbreaking multi-media production, critically acclaimed both by the Wall Street Journal and Opera News.


Noah E. Spiegel joined the staff of Nashville Opera in 2012. Previously, he served as the director of production for Tulsa Opera, where he produced the Oklahoma premiere of Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince and notable company premieres of Dead Man Walking, The Cunning Little Vixen, and Eugene Onegin.

Mr. Spiegel has enjoyed a high-profile stage management career at some of the nation’s leading performing arts institutions.  Highlights include a production of Die Fledermaus directed by Charles Nelson Reilly (Dallas Opera); the Sandra Bernhard remount of the Mansouri production of Tosca; the New York premiere of Adamo’s Little Women and the remount of the Live from Lincoln Center production of A Little Night Music whose revival cast included Jeremy Irons, Juliet Stevenson, Claire Bloom, and Anna Kendrick, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Susan Stroman (NYC Opera).

He has worked on world premieres of such as the Armenian opera Arshak II directed by Francesca Zambello for San Francisco Opera and The Tales of Washington Irving directed by Bartlett Sher at Portland Stage Company.  In addition, Spiegel has worked at such companies as Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Michigan Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Utah Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Memphis, American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, and Spoleto Festival USA.

In 2009, Spiegel was recognized by Tulsa Business Journal as one of “40 Under 40” professionals to watch in Tulsa.  In 2010, he was named “The Visionary” by Tulsa People for their article on change agents in Tulsa.”  He served on the Leadership Team for Tulsa Young Professionals Diversity Crew for 2010 and 2011.  In 2012, he created the TYPros Arts Initiative, which connects young professionals with the arts and culture industries.

Spiegel completed his bachelor’s at University of Southern Maine Portland-Gorham and a holds master’s from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is a member of American Guild of Musical Artists.

Noah E. Spiegel


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