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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

Scottish director 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 returned to direct Die Zauberflöte, Faust, Le nozze di Figaro, Salome, Aida, Adriana Lecouvreur and Les Troyens for The Royal Opera, and in the 2014/15 Season directs a new production of Andrea Chénier for the Company.

McVicar was born in Glasgow in 1966. He studied acting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and discovered directing there. He is now acclaimed as one of the world's foremost opera directors, engagements including Giulio Cesare, Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Il trovatore (Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago), La clemenza di Tito (Aix-en-Provence Festival), Tristan und Isolde (New National Theatre, Tokyo), The Turn of the Screw, Der Rosenkavalier, Medée, Alcina and Tosca (English National Opera), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Glyndebourne Festival), The Rake’s Progress, La traviata and Idomeneo (Scottish Opera), Don Giovanni and Il re pastore (Opera North), Semele (Théâtre Champs-Elysées), The Turn of The Screw (Mariinsky Theatre), Agrippina (Barcelona, La Monnaie, Brussels, Théâtre Champs-Elysées and Frankfurt), Der Rosenkavalier (Scottish Opera, Opera North and ENO), Così fan tutte (Strasbourg and Scottish Opera), Billy Budd and Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Chicago), Macbeth (Mariinsky) and Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Strasbourg).

McVicar's awards include the 2011 Grand Prix de la Musique du Syndicat de la Critique for his Strasbourg production of the Ring cycle. In 2012 he received a knighthood and was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres.

Videos

News and features

How to Stage an Opera: Faust and the 19th Century

How to Stage an Opera: Faust and the 19th Century

22 April 2014

How the vernacular of Gounod’s era makes the work anything but trivial.

Opera Essentials: Faust

Opera Essentials: Faust

28 March 2014

A quick guide to Gounod's popular grand opera.

Sir Colin Davis (1927–2013)

Sir Colin Davis (1927–2013)

16 April 2013

Tributes to the former Music Director of The Royal Opera from Dame Monica Mason, Sir John Tooley and others.

Spring Season 2013/14

Spring Season 2013/14

10 April 2013

Helpful links and information on booking for forthcoming performances.

12 million attend London 2012 Festival so far

12 million attend London 2012 Festival so far

15 August 2012

Artistic celebration of Games draws crowds around the country.

Supporters' tale: Les Troyens

Supporters' tale: Les Troyens

12 July 2012

Two donors tell us about the rewarding experience of helping David McVicar's production onto the stage.

Photos

Ekaterina Siurina and Charles Castronovo in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera © ROH/Mike Hoban, 2013

Albina Shagimuratova and Charles Castronovo in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera © ROH/Mike Hoban, 2013

Dimitri Platanias as Rigoletto and Ekaterina Siurina as Gilda in Rigoletto © Johan Persson/ROH 2012

Vittorio Grigolo as Duke of Mantua and Christine Rice as Maddalena in Rigoletto © Johan Persson/ROH 2012

Dimitri Platanias as Rigoletto in Rigoletto © Johan Persson/ROH 2012

Dimitri Platanias as Rigoletto with the chorus in Rigoletto © Johan Persson/ROH 2012

Vittorio Grigolo as Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto © Johan Persson/ROH 2012

Roberto Alagna as Radames in Aida. © ROH/Bill Cooper 2011

Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra in Les Troyens © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

The Royal Opera in Les Troyens © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Dido and Bryan Hymel as Aeneas in Les Troyens © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra in Les Troyens © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Dido, Bryan Hymel as Aeneas and Barbara Senator as Ascanius in Les Troyens © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

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 © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

David McVicar © KK Dundas/RCS 2012

The Royal Opera's Les Troyens © ROH 2012

Penny Smith interviewing David McVicar and Antonio Pappano at an ROH Insights session © Sim Canetty-Clarke/ROH 2012

Scenery from Les Troyens © Rob Moore/ROH 2011

David McVicar

Applying detail to the severed head prop used in Salome © David Kaplowitz/ROH 2012

Props artist Steve Jolley working on the severed head prop used in Salome © David Kaplowitz/ROH 2012

Creating a fibreglass mold of the severed head prop used in Salome © David Kaplowitz/ROH 2012

The clay model of the severed head prop used in Salome © David Kaplowitz/ROH 2012

The rough clay model of the severed head prop used in Salome © David Kaplowitz/ROH 2012

Props artist Steve Jolley working on the severed head prop used in Salome © David Kaplowitz/ROH 2012

Vittorio Grigolo as Faust in Faust © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2011

The cast of The Royal Opera in Faust © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2011

René Pape as Mephistofeles and Angela Gheorghiu as Marguerite in Faust © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2011

David McVicar in rehearsal for Aida, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010

Nadja Michael as Salome in Salome © Clive Barda/ROH 2007

Nadja Michael as Salome in Salome © Clive Barda/ROH 2007

Maria Bengtsson as Countess Almaviva and Christopher Maltman as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro © ROH / Mark Douet 2013