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. In the 2019/20 Season he stages a new production of Death in Venice for the Company.
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 Agrippina, Adriana Lecouvreur, Norma, Tosca, Roberto Devereux, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, Giulio Cesare, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Il trovatore (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Les Troyens and I masnadieri (La Scala, Milan), Gloriana and Don Carlo (Teatro Real, Madrid), the Mozart-Da Ponte operas (Opera Australia), La clemenza di Tito (Aix-en-Provence Festival), Rigoletto (Savonlinna Festival), Tristan und Isolde and Falstaff (Vienna State Opera), The Turn of the Screw, La clemenza di Tito and Medea (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 Pelléas et Mélisande (Scottish Opera), Wozzeck, Elektra, Rusalka 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, Norwegian National Opera and ENO), Medée (Geneva), Così fan tutte (Strasbourg and Scottish Opera), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Salzburg Festival) and Der Ring des Nibelungen (Strasbourg).
He was knighted in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List, and in the same year made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.