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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

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 directed Die Zauberflöte, Faust, Le nozze di Figaro, Salome, Aida, Adriana Lecouvreur, Les Troyens and Andrea Chénier for The Royal Opera.

McVicar was born in Glasgow and trained at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama as an actor, designer and director. Productions include Roberto Devereux, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, Giulio Cesare, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Il trovatore (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Les Troyens (La Scala, Milan), Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Australia), La clemenza di Tito (Aix-en-Provence Festival), Don Carlo (Tokyo), Tristan und Isolde (Tokyo and Vienna), Falstaff (Vienna), The Turn of the Screw, Medea, Alcina and Tosca (English National Opera), Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Giulio Cesare (Glyndebourne Festival), The Rake’s Progress, Madama Butterfly, La traviata and Idomeneo (Scottish Opera), Don Giovanni and Il re pastore (Opera North), Wozzeck, Billy Budd and Giulio Cesare (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Semele (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées), The Turn of The Screw and Macbeth (Mariinsky), Agrippina (Barcelona, La Monnaie, Brussels, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Frankfurt), Der Rosenkavalier (Scottish Opera, Opera North and ENO), Così fan tutte (Strasbourg and Scottish Opera), 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. In 2012 he received a knighthood and was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres.

Videos

News and features

Set piece: The challenges of re-creating a Baroque theatre for The Royal Opera’s <em>Adriana Lecouvreur</em>

Set piece: The challenges of re-creating a Baroque theatre for The Royal Opera’s Adriana Lecouvreur

1 February 2017

Covent Garden’s production of Cilea’s best-known work features a spectacular working model in homage to a golden age of theatre.

Opera Essentials: Cilea’s <em>Adriana Lecouvreur</em>

Opera Essentials: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur

12 January 2017

Our quick introduction to Cilea’s impassioned theatre tragedy, sumptuously realized in David McVicar’s Royal Opera production.

ROH TV and radio broadcasts announced for Christmas 2015

ROH TV and radio broadcasts announced for Christmas 2015

9 December 2015

The Christmas line-up features celebrated Royal Opera and Royal Ballet performances, including Carlos Acosta's Carmen and Jonas Kaufmann in Andrea Chénier.

Photos

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

Scenery from Les Troyens

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

David McVicar

Roberto Alagna as Radames in Aida.

Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra in Les Troyens

David McVicar in rehearsal for Aida, The Royal Opera

The Royal Opera in Les Troyens

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

The Royal Opera's Les Troyens

Erwin Schrott as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

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

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

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

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

The clay model of the severed head prop used in Salome

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

Applying detail to the severed head prop used in Salome

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

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

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

David McVicar

Vittorio Grigolo as Faust in Faust

The cast of The Royal Opera in Faust

René Pape as Mephistofeles and Angela Gheorghiu as Marguerite in Faust