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Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, Haydée Morales’ professional career has enveloped both design and production for dance, Broadway, opera and film. Morales acquired her theatrical training at the Barbara Matera Costume Shop in New York. For Broadway, her production work includes A Chorus Line, Annie, Broadway Babies,
Tap Dance Kid and The King and I, while her film production work includes The Wiz and The Champ. Her production opera work includes Ken Russell’s Madame Butterfly for the Spoleto Festival USA, and GianCarlo Menotti’s Goya, with Placido Domingo, for the Washington Opera. Other production projects include Harry Belafonte’s 1979 U.S. Tour. Morales’ first love is dance, and she has worked on productions for New York City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Robert Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Jazz du Montreal, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She also worked on a number of American Ballet Theatre productions including Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Don Quixote and Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk. Morales designed Fernando Bujones’ first ballet for Juegos del Arte (1995). Morales joined the staff of Miami City Ballet in 1986. Since then, she has designed and overseen countless productions including George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker in collaboration with José Varona, Edward Villella’s full-length ballets The Neighborhood Ballroom and Gismonti Brasil. and Lynne-Taylor Corbett’s The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses. Morales has also recreated costumes, from the original designs, of Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Jewels, Western Symphony, Who Cares?, Theme and Variations, Stars and Stripes, Ballo della Regina, Symphony in C, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and La Valse, as well as Paul Taylor’s Company B, Esplanade, Arden Court, Funny Papers, and Piazzolla Caldera, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and Trey McIntyre’s The Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry. In 1992, she designed a version of Carmen for Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, which received its New York City premiere at The Joyce Theater in April 1993 and was later recreated for Miami City Ballet. Morales designed the costumes, in collaboration with her sister Maria Morales, for the Miami Light Project’s 1997 World Premiere of Tania Leon’s Drummin’. A retrospective of their work was shown at the Rita Gombinsky Galley in Miami Beach. Morales, last designed work was the Off- Broadway Show Celia Cruz.