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Gerard Jones

Director

Biography

British stage director Gerard Jones was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme (2015–17). During this time he directed Oreste and two JPYAP Summer Performances, and assisted 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 being assistant director on Anna Nicole, Gloriana and Quartett, and directing a revival of Il turco in Italia. In the 2017/18 Season he returned to direct La Tragédie de Carmen at Wilton’s Music Hall and to assist on Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. In the 2018/19 Season he is Associate Director for Boris Godunov.

Jones studied Italian and German at University College London. 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 scenes for the National Opera Studio, a semi-staged Siegfried at Bridgewater Hall with the Hallé and Mark Elder and Monteverdi madrigals in Bilbao. In 2018 he was a finalist for the European Opera Directing Prize.

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.

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