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John Copley

Director

Biography

English director John Copley is former Principal Resident Director of The Royal Opera. 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 Colin Davis, Charles Mackerras and Georg Solti. 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

Sky Arts set to broadcast seven ROH productions during autumn 2015

Sky Arts set to broadcast seven ROH productions during autumn 2015

24 August 2015

A number of recent Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions will be shown on Sky Arts over the coming months.

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.

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