Mr. Hoomes, the CEO of Nashville Opera, has also been the Artistic Director of Nashville Opera since 1995. As a freelance stage director, he has directed over 180 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 Miracle…” 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.”
Mr. Hoomes has directed, among numerous other productions, Salome, Rigoletto, Tosca, Turandot, Hydrogen Jukebox, The Pearl Fishers, La Bohème, Carmen, and Der Rosenkavalier, Andrea Chénier for Nashville Opera; Madama Butterfly, Carmen and La Fanciulla del West for Kentucky Opera; Susannah and La Fanciulla del West for Indianapolis Opera; The Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, and La Bohème for Opera Carolina; Don Giovanni, ElmerGantry, and Salome for Florentine Opera; Otello, and La Traviata for Arizona Opera, Don Giovanni for Opera Cleveland; Ernani and Jenufa for Sarasota Opera; and Turandot for Opera Columbus, Opera Memphis, and Indianapolis Opera.
In 2007 Mr. Hoomes staged the world premieres of Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry for The Florentine Opera, which was recorded on Naxos Records (and subsequently won 2 Grammys), and songwriter Marcus Hummon’s chamber opera Surrender Road at Martha Rivers Ingram Hall in Nashville. He also directed the Southeastern professional premiere of contemporary operas such as, Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse, David Lang’s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, and Carly Simon’s Romulus Hunt. 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.