Associate Director of Opera, The Royal Opera
Associate Director of Opera for the Royal Opera since 2011, John had previously worked extensively as an assistant at Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House and Grand Théâtre de Génève. In 1997 he co-founded The Opera Group (TOG), of which he was Artistic Director until he took up his post at Covent Garden. As a stage director, John’s productions for the 12-13 season include La donna del lago for the Royal Opera and La clemenza di Tito for Opera North.
Recent productions include Babur in London by Edward Rushton and Jeet Thayil (TOG, in co-production with Opera North), Where the Wild Things Are at Theater Bremen, Von Heute auf Morgen (Schoenberg) and Sancta Susanna (Hindemith) at Opéra de Lyon, as part of Il Trittico with director David Pountney, and scenes with the Royal Opera’s Young Artists for the BBC series ‘Maestro at the Opera’.
Other recent productions include House of the Dead, The Adventures of Mr Brouček, Roméo et Juliette, Hansel and Gretel, Saul (Opera North); Das Portrait (Bregenz Festival/Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern); Snegurochka and Susannah (Wexford Festival); A Florentine Tragedy, Gianni Schicchi and Mavra (Greek National Opera); The Knight’s Crew (Glyndebourne Education), televised as part of three documentaries for the BBC, with Gareth Malone; and for The Opera Group, The Lions Face (World Premiere), Human Comedy, Luke Bedford’s Seven Angels, George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill, Harrison Birtwistle’s Down by the Greenwood Side, Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig, Judith Weir’s Blond Eckbert and Shostakovich’s The Nose, and the world premieres of Julian Philip’s Varjak Paw, Edward Rushton’s The Shops (with Bregenz Festival) and Birds Barks Bones, co-produced by ROH2 at the Royal Opera House, Tobias and the Angel (Young Vic) and The Emperor of Atlantis.
John’s production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene for TOG and Young Vic in 2008 won Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards and will go to Le Chatelet, Paris in 2013.