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David McVicar

Director

Biography

David McVicar in action.
David McVicar in rehearsal for Aida, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010

Scottish director David McVicar made his Royal Opera House debut in 2001 directing Kirov Opera's production of Macbeth, and made his Royal Opera debut the same year directing Rigoletto. He has since returned to direct Die Zauberflöte, Faust, Le nozze di Figaro, Salome, Aida, Adriana Lecouvreur and Les Troyens for The Royal Opera, and in the 2014/15 Season directs a new production of Andrea Chénier for the Company.

McVicar was born in Glasgow in 1966. He studied acting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and discovered directing there. He is now acclaimed as one of the world's foremost opera directors, engagements including Giulio Cesare, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Il trovatore (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Les Troyens (La Scala, Milan), Don Giovanni (Opera Australia), La clemenza di Tito (Aix-en-Provence Festival), Don Carlo (Tokyo), Tristan und Isolde (Tokyo and Vienna), The Turn of the Screw, Medea, Alcina and Tosca (English National Opera), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Glyndebourne Festival), The Rake’s Progress, Madama Butterfly, La traviata and Idomeneo (Scottish Opera), Don Giovanni and Il re pastore (Opera North), Semele (Théâtre Champs-Elysées), The Turn of The Screw and Macbeth (Mariinsky), Agrippina (Barcelona, La Monnaie, Brussels, Théâtre Champs-Elysées and Frankfurt), Der Rosenkavalier (Scottish Opera, Opera North and ENO), Così fan tutte (Strasbourg and Scottish Opera), Billy Budd and Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Chicago), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Salzburg Festival) and Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Strasbourg).

McVicar's awards include the 2011 Grand Prix de la Musique du Syndicat de la Critique for his Strasbourg production of the Ring cycle. In 2012 he received a knighthood and was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres.

Videos

News and features

How to Stage an Opera: Faust and the 19th Century

How to Stage an Opera: Faust and the 19th Century

22 April 2014

How the vernacular of Gounod’s era makes the work anything but trivial.

Opera Essentials: Faust

Opera Essentials: Faust

28 March 2014

A quick guide to Gounod's popular grand opera.

Sir Colin Davis (1927–2013)

Sir Colin Davis (1927–2013)

16 April 2013

Tributes to the former Music Director of The Royal Opera from Dame Monica Mason, Sir John Tooley and others.

Spring Season 2013/14

Spring Season 2013/14

10 April 2013

Helpful links and information on booking for forthcoming performances.

12 million attend London 2012 Festival so far

12 million attend London 2012 Festival so far

15 August 2012

Artistic celebration of Games draws crowds around the country.

Supporters' tale: Les Troyens

Supporters' tale: Les Troyens

12 July 2012

Two donors tell us about the rewarding experience of helping David McVicar's production onto the stage.

Photos

David McVicar in rehearsal for Aida, The Royal Opera

The Royal Opera in Les Troyens

Barbara Senator as Ascanius, Robert Lloyd as Priam, Sophia Mcgregor as Andromache, Sebastian Wright as Astanax, Pamela Helen Stephen as Hecuba and Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra in Les Troyens

Penny Smith interviewing David McVicar and Antonio Pappano at an ROH Insights session

Creating a fibreglass mold of the severed head prop used in Salome

René Pape as Mephistofeles and Angela Gheorghiu as Marguerite in Faust

Nadja Michael as Salome in Salome

Director David McVicar in rehearsal for Adriana Lecouvreur, The Royal Opera

David McVicar

Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra in Les Troyens

David McVicar

Props artist Steve Jolley working on the severed head prop used in Salome

Scenery from Les Troyens

Ekaterina Siurina and Charles Castronovo in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera

Maria Bengtsson as Countess Almaviva and Christopher Maltman as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro

The rough clay model of the severed head prop used in Salome

Props artist Steve Jolley working on the severed head prop used in Salome

The Royal Opera's Les Troyens

The cast of The Royal Opera in Faust

Nadja Michael as Salome in Salome

Albina Shagimuratova and Charles Castronovo in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna as Radames in Aida.

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Dido and Bryan Hymel as Aeneas in Les Troyens

Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra in Les Troyens

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Dido, Bryan Hymel as Aeneas and Barbara Senator as Ascanius in Les Troyens

The clay model of the severed head prop used in Salome

Applying detail to the severed head prop used in Salome

Vittorio Grigolo as Faust in Faust