A native of Winnipeg, director Michael Cavanagh made his San Francisco Opera debut with 2012’s Nixon in China, a production he also directed at Vancouver Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Recent career highlights a return to Kentucky Opera to direct Of Mice and Men, Tosca at Montreal Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Edmonton Opera, and Manitoba Opera’s Die Zauberflöte. Former artistic director of Edmonton Opera, he has directed productions for every professional opera company in Canada, including Vancouver Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Montreal Opera, Manitoba Opera, Calgary Opera, and Opera Hamilton. He has also directed many productions in the United States, including new productions and return engagements at Minnesota Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Arizona Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, and numerous others. A recent highlight of Cavanagh’s career was his 2006 Covent Garden debut, directing a new chamber opera, The Midnight Court. He has developed and staged many new pieces, such as James Rolfe’s and George Elliot Clark's acclaimed Beatrice Chancy for The Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company in Toronto. As a librettist Cavanagh has enjoyed critical and popular success with the productions of seven of his own operas.