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John Copley

Director

Biography

English director John Copley is The Royal Opera's former Principal Resident Director. His many Royal Opera productions include his acclaimed 1974 production of La bohème, which ran for 41 years.

Copley first appeared with The Royal Opera at the age of 15 as an actor. Following training at The Royal Ballet School, he returned to The Royal Opera to work in stage management, moving into directing in 1960. As Principal Resident Director for The Royal Opera, he worked with such conductors as Georg Solti, Colin Davis and Charles Mackerras. His productions for The Royal Opera included Le nozze di Figaro (which ran for 21 years), Così fan tutte (which ran for 24 years), Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore, Alceste, Faust, Werther, Maria Stuarda, Ariadne auf Naxos and Semele.

He has also worked widely in the USA, including for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, San Francisco Opera and Dallas Opera, and in Europe. In 2008 he directed a new production of The Merry Widow for English National Opera and in 2011 directed an acclaimed Die Fledermaus for Welsh National Opera. He works regularly at the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, at the National Opera Studio and for many international young artists’ programmes.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Members of cast, creative and backstage teams on <em>La bohème</em>

Watch: Members of cast, creative and backstage teams on La bohème

11 June 2015

Backstage films from the 2015 live relay of La bohème, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

Watch: John Copley on La bohème - ‘It was the first proper opera I’d seen and I cried all the way home on the bus’

Watch: John Copley on La bohème - ‘It was the first proper opera I’d seen and I cried all the way home on the bus’

10 June 2015

The director recalls his first moment with Puccini’s opera and his thoughts on this last revival.

The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

10 June 2015

The online publication announces winners of six different categories of opera each week, voted for by its readers

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