About Us‎ > ‎Our Staff‎ > ‎

Michael Nutter - Artistic Director

Michael Nutter made his Capitol City Opera Company debut in 1998, directing the Ned Rorem one-act The Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters, in which the concept for Opera Briefs was created with Donna Angel.  

Since then Michael has directed over 35 operas with Capitol City Opera, including The Crucible, Meanwhile, Back at Cinderella’s, Wuthering Heights, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Saint of Bleecker Street, Susannah, Così fan tutte, The Medium, Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, PDQ Bach’s A Little Nightmare Music, The Stoned Guest, Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus, Dido and Æneas, Don Pasquale, Mozart’s The Impresario, Riders to the Sea, Kirke Mechem's Tartuffe, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Puccini’s Il Trittico and in March 2013 directed CCOC’s recent world premiere of Curtis Bryant’s The Secret Agent. 

In 2012 he directed for Atlanta Opera’s 24-Hour Project where his team won both audience and judges’ favorite in the competition with the farcical 10-minute opera Krispy Kremes and Butter Queens, composed by Jennifer Jolley. Michael made his directing debut with Eugene Opera on a semi-staged production of Cavalleria Rusticana. He has also directed Two From Seuss for the Oregon Bach Festival, as well as a production of The Telephone in Binghamton, N.Y., and the world premiere of Where Music Comes From in Eugene. 

Michael has worked in opera, classical music and theatre professionally for 27 years, including staff positions for Atlanta Opera, Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, Central City Opera in Colorado and Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta, and has served for 15 seasons as Technical Director for the Grammy-award-winning Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon. 

He works full-time in the Human Resource department at the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta.  This coming fall Michael will be directing Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for Eugene Opera’s Artist Mentor Program.  He works full-time in the Human Resource department of Alston + Bird LLP, which has appeared for eleven years on Fortune’s® "The 100 Best Companies to Work For"™.


Pierre Ruhe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Operating on a shoestring budget, the company has had financial concerns in recent years.  But led by artistic director, Michael Nutter, it returned to fine form for ‘The Medium’...The Capitol City performers got to the opera’s heart.  Nutter, with an excellent sense of playing in small theaters, directed with his usual sympathy for normal people trying to cope under unusual strains.”  The Medium, 2009

“In recent years, Michael Nutter has been the company’s regular stage director. With the retirement last season of company founder Donna Angel, for its 25th anniversary, Nutter is now artistic director. More than ever, his style — underplaying the obvious while searching for deeper truths, all with a light, unaffected touch — has become the house style.”—The Impresario/Gianni Schicchi, 2008

“directed by the always savvy Michael Nutter” - Dido and Æneas, 2007

“Michael Nutter’s stage direction had its usual clarity and humanity.”—A Streetcar Named Desire, 2006

“Stage director Michael Nutter kept the action flowing, the expressions believable”.—Susannah, 2006

“Alertly directed by Michael Nutter, this ‘Cosi’ had a stereotype-busting final twist.”—Così fan tutte, 2005

“It all came together under Michael Nutter’s straight-ahead stage direction…  For love of opera, they pushed themselves to a highly enjoyable performance.”—The Medium, 2004

“One of Atlanta's smaller but dependable ensembles, Capitol City succeeds with local talent and believable theater (directed here by Michael Nutter)” - The Saint of Bleecker Street, 2004

“The evening’s third opera, Menotti’s ‘The Old Maid and the Thief,’ from 1939, here received comparatively deluxe treatment and, with stage direction by Michael Nutter, was as tightly constructed as I’ve ever seen it staged.”  - Old Maid and the Thief, 2003