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Gerard Jones

Jette Parker Young Artist


British stage director Gerard Jones was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2015–17 Season, his credits including directing Oreste and the JPYAP summer performances, and assisting the directors of Orphée et Eurydice, Morgen und Abend, Eugene Onegin, Boris Godunov, 4.48 Psychosis, Così fan tutte, Written on Skin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and La traviata. Engagements with The Royal Opera before joining the Programme included as assistant director on Anna Nicole, Gloriana and Quartett, and directing a revival of Il turco in Italia. In the 2017/18 Season he returns to direct La Tragédie de Carmen at Wilton’s Music Hall and to assist on Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Jones studied Italian and German at University College London. Since graduating, he has assisted such opera directors as David Alden, John Copley, John Fulljames, Richard Jones, Antony McDonald and Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier. He has worked as assistant director to Jones on productions including Rodelinda for English National Opera, Peter Grimes for La Scala, Milan, Anna Nicole for New York City Opera, Macbeth, Falstaff and Der Rosenkavalier for Glyndebourne Festival and Gloriana for Hamburg State Opera. Other assisting work includes Der Ring des Nibelungen for the Nationale Reisopera with McDonald.

As a revival director Jones has directed Copley’s production of La bohème for Istanbul State Opera and David McVicar’s production of Les Troyens for San Francisco Opera. Original directing work includes a set of scenes for the National Opera Studio.

News and features

Young Artist Profile: Director Gerard Jones on how to ensure opera’s relevance

8 November 2016
Young Artist Profile: Director Gerard Jones on how to ensure opera’s relevance

The director discusses his grungy new production of Oreste, getting a foot in the door as an usher and why he thinks some are intimidated by opera.

Opera Essentials: Handel’s Oreste

1 November 2016
Opera Essentials: Handel’s <em>Oreste</em>

Our quick introduction to Gerard Jones’s blood-spattered production of Handel’s Baroque opera.