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John Fulljames


English director John Fulljames is Associate Director of Opera for The Royal Opera. He was appointed to the position in 2011. He has directed La donna del lago, Quartett and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny for The Royal Opera, and in the 2015/16 Season co-directs Orphée et Eurydice with Hofesh Shechter.

Fulljames co-founded The Opera Group (now Mahogany Opera Group), where he was Artistic Director 1997–2011. He worked closely with a wide range of composers and librettists to develop, commission and produce new operas. His productions for Mahogany Opera Group include Neuwirth’s American Lulu (also Scottish Opera and Bregenz Festival), Bruce’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter (also Opera North, New Victory, New York), Langer’s The Lion’s Face, Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill and Dove’s The Enchanted Pig (also for ROH2, New Victory, New York, and Young Vic). Many of the company’s productions have been performed in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Other productions include Così fan tutte for Garsington Opera, Nabucco in Nancy, La clemenza di Tito, From the House of the Dead and Roméo et Juliette for Opera North, The Adventures of Mr Brouček for Opera North and Scottish Opera, Where the Wild Things Are and Julietta for Theater Bremen, Von Heute auf Morgen and Sancta Susanna for Opéra de Lyon, Gianni Schicchi and Eine florentinische Tragödie for Greek National Opera and American Lulu and Das Portrait for Bregenz Festival. He has extensive experience of working with communities and young people, and has directed many productions involving large-scale participation, including Tobias and the Angel (Young Vic) and Knight Crew (Glyndebourne). His production of Weill’s Street Scene for the Young Vic won Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards and was performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, and the Liceu, Barcelona.

The position of Associate Director of Opera for The Royal Opera is generously supported by Stefan Sten Olsson.


News and features

Opera Essentials: <em>Orphée et Eurydice</em>

Opera Essentials: Orphée et Eurydice

27 August 2015

Our quick introduction to Gluck’s revolutionary opera, inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus.

Sky Arts set to broadcast seven ROH productions during autumn 2015

Sky Arts set to broadcast seven ROH productions during autumn 2015

24 August 2015

A number of recent Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions will be shown on Sky Arts over the coming months.

Watch: John Fulljames and Hofesh Shechter on their new production of <em>Orphée et Eurydice</em>

Watch: John Fulljames and Hofesh Shechter on their new production of Orphée et Eurydice

26 June 2015

New production of Gluck's most popular work features the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.

Posts by John Fulljames

Help us shape the future of opera

Help us shape the future of opera

13 May 2015

Join us for a weekend of passionate discussion and informal conversation, connecting with others who care about the art form.

Watch: Opera Shorts series

Watch: Opera Shorts series

25 April 2014

We publish the first of five animated film shorts inspired by the music of La bohème and La traviata.

Introducing A Faustian Pack

Introducing A Faustian Pack

3 February 2014

There are already at least 40 operatic adaptations of the Faust legend, so why has The Royal Opera commissioned two more?