Australian director Greg Eldridge joined The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in the 2013/14 Season and becomes Jette Parker Associate Director from the start of the 2015/16 Season. He has directed Così fan tutte Act I and La Favorite Act I for the JPYAP summer performance on the main stage and assisted the directors of El gato con botas (Meet the Young Artists Week) in the Linbury Studio Theatre and Carmen, Don Giovanni, Faust and Tosca on the main stage and Carmen in Guangzhou. Other work at the Royal Opera House included on the Royal Opera House's Learning and Participation department's productions of Ebb and Flow (assisting) and A Little Thing Called Life (directing). In the 2014/15 Season he directs La scala di seta (Meet the Young Artists Week) in the Linbury Studio Theatre and assists the directors of Rigoletto, Tristan und Isolde, Andrea Chénier, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, La traviata and Don Giovanni. In the 2015/16 Season he directs The Lighthouse (Meet the Young Artists Week) and assists the directors of Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Tosca and Il trovatore.
Eldridge studied law and acting in Melbourne and opera direction in Florence. He has directed and assisted on over thirty productions of opera, music theatre and theatre in Australia, the UK and Europe. He moved to London in 2012 and has since directed Macbeth, Carmen and The Play of Daniel, and assisted on productions including Der Ring des Nibelungen (Longborough Festival), I gioielli della Madonna (Opera Holland Park), La fanciulla del West (King’s Head Theatre) and Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro (Lyric Opera Weimar).
Eldridge's awards include one from the Australian Foundation for Youth Excellence. He is the youngest director ever to be employed by Victorian Opera, Australia.
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Lauren Fagan, Caroline Dowdle, Samuel Dale Johnson and Stage Director Greg Eldridge rehearsing scenes from the JPYA Summer Performance
Lauren Fagan, Samuel Dale Johnson and Greg Eldridge in rehearsals for the JPYA Summer Performance
Greg Eldridge, Jette Parker Young Artist Stage Director 13/14
Stage Director Greg Eldridge in rehearsals for the JPYA Summer Performance