British director Graham Vick made his Royal Opera debut in 1989 with Un re in ascolto and has since directed Mitridate, re di Ponto, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, King Arthur, The Midsummer Marriage, The Merry Widow, Falstaff, Tamerlano and Morgen und Abend (premiere).
Vick studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. He was Glyndebourne’s director of productions 1994–2000. He founded the Birmingham Opera Company in 1987 and continues to work as its artistic director, his many productions including La traviata (co-production with Arena di Verona), Ariadne Sells Out, Ulysses Comes Home, Fidelio, Curlew River (BBC Proms), Idomeneo, Otello (BBC Two), Tippett’s The Ice Break, Khovanskygate: a National Enquiry and the premieres of Dove’s Life is a Dream and Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht (London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad).
Vick’s many other productions include Der Ring des Nibelungen (Lisbon and Palermo), Tristan und Isolde (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Boris Godunov, War and Peace and The Makropulos Affair (Mariinsky Theatre), Lulu and Eugene Onegin (Glyndebourne), Macbeth and Otello (La Scala, Milan), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Parsifal and Le Roi Arthus (Paris Opéra), Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rome Opera) and Guillaume Tell (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro). Vick is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Honorary Professor of Music at the University of Birmingham and International Chair of Opera at the RNCM. He was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2016 and was made a CBE in 2009.