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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

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.

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 Norma, Tosca, Roberto Devereux, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, Giulio Cesare, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Il trovatore (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Les Troyens (La Scala, Milan), Gloriana (Teatro Real, Madrid), the Mozart-Da Ponte operas (Opera Australia), La clemenza di Tito (Aix-en-Provence Festival), Don Carlo (Tokyo), 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 and ENO), 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.

Videos

News and features

Set piece: The challenges of re-creating a Baroque theatre for The Royal Opera’s Adriana Lecouvreur

1 February 2017
Set piece: The challenges of re-creating a Baroque theatre for The Royal Opera’s <em>Adriana Lecouvreur</em>

Covent Garden’s production of Cilea’s best-known work features a spectacular working model in homage to a golden age of theatre.

Opera Essentials: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur

12 January 2017
Opera Essentials: Cilea’s <em>Adriana Lecouvreur</em>

Our quick introduction to Cilea’s impassioned theatre tragedy, sumptuously realized in David McVicar’s Royal Opera production.

ROH TV and radio broadcasts announced for Christmas 2015

9 December 2015
ROH TV and radio broadcasts announced for Christmas 2015

The Christmas line-up features celebrated Royal Opera and Royal Ballet performances, including Carlos Acosta's Carmen and Jonas Kaufmann in Andrea Chénier.

Photos

SOFIA FOMINA AS GILDA, DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

SOFIA FOMINA AS GILDA in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

LUIS GOMES AS MATTEO BORSA, DOMINIC SEDGWICK AS MARULLO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

LUIS GOMES AS MATTEO BORSA, DOMINIC SEDGWICK AS MARULLO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

ANDREA MASTRONI AS SPARAFUCILE in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

Albina Shagimuratova and Charles Castronovo in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera

David McVicar

Scenery from Les Troyens

Maria Bengtsson as Countess Almaviva and Christopher Maltman as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro

Roberto Alagna as Radames in Aida.

Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra in Les Troyens

SOFIA FOMINA AS GILDA, DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

SOFIA FOMINA AS GILDA, DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

SOFIA FOMINA AS GILDA in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

NADIA KRASTEVA AS MADDALENA in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

LUIS GOMES AS MATTEO BORSA, DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

ANDREA MASTRONI AS SPARAFUCILE in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

David McVicar in rehearsal for Aida, The Royal Opera

The Royal Opera in Les Troyens

Props artist Steve Jolley working on the severed head prop used in Salome

The Royal Opera's Les Troyens

SOFIA FOMINA in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DOMINIC SEDGWICK AS MARULLO, DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

The Marriage of Figaro

Erwin Schrott as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Director David McVicar in rehearsal for Adriana Lecouvreur, The Royal Opera

Ekaterina Siurina and Charles Castronovo in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Dido and Bryan Hymel as Aeneas in Les Troyens