Director Bijan Sheibani made his Royal Opera debut in 2014 directing the world premiere of Luke Bedford’s Through His Teeth in the Linbury Studio Theatre, and has since returned to direct the world premiere of Matt Rogers’s The Virtues of Things, also in the Linbury.
Sheibani studied at Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama. From 2010 to 2015 he was an Associate Director of the National Theatre, where he directed A Taste of Honey, Emil and the Detectives, Romeo and Juliet, Damned by Despair, The Kitchen, War Horse (US tour), Greenland and Our Class. His other theatre credits include The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida), Moonlight (Donmar), The Brothers Size and Eurydice (Young Vic/Actors Touring Company), The Typist (Riverside Studios/Sky Arts/ATC), Other Hands and Flush (Soho Theatre), Party Time and One for the Road (Battersea Arts Centre) and Have I None (Southwark Playhouse). Opera credits include Nothing for Glyndebourne and Tarantula in Petrol Blue for Aldeburgh Festival. In 2015 he directed Groove Is in the Heart, a short film for The Guardian and The Royal Court’s ‘Off the Page’ series.
Sheibani won an Olivier Award in 2008 for his production of Gone Too Far! and was nominated for Olivier Awards for Our Class in 2010 and The Brothers Size in 2008. He was Artistic Director of ATC 2007–10.
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Our quick guide to this world premiere from composer Matt Rogers and librettist Sally O'Reilly, a co-commission between The Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North.