British stage director Jack Furness has worked as an assistant director for The Royal Opera on productions including Robert Carsen’s Der Rosenkavalier. In the 2019/20 Season he is the Revival Director for Don Giovanni.
Furness studied music at Cambridge University, where he received a double first-class honours degree. Whilst at Cambridge, he founded Shadwell Opera, of which he is Artistic Director. Selected credits elsewhere include his USA debut reviving David McVicar’s production of Carmen for Dallas Opera, new productions of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas (Teatru Manoel, Malta), Iolanta and the Opera Highlights tour (Scottish Opera), Written on Skin and Lessons in Love and Violence (Melos Sinfonia in St Petersburg), Amadis de Gaule (University College Opera), Hänsel and Gretel (Wexford Festival) and Eugene Onegin (Ryedale Festival Opera).
With Shadwell Opera, Furness has directed Albert Herring at Opera Holland Park, Die Zauberflöte, which won an RBS Herald Angel Award at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse and a double bill of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Mark Anthony Turnage’s Twice through the Heart, Speech Acts (a double-bill of George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill and Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jonathan Dove’s Siren Song, Così fan tutte. In the Penal Colony and Song (a double bill of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King.