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 & 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 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.
News and features
The Royal Opera’s Associate Director John Fulljames invited students from the RCA’s MA programme in Critical Writing to explore his production of Weill and Brecht’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
Watch the novelist and journalist challenge the purpose of opera and the organizations that create it.
Watch: John Fulljames on Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny – 'It's our world reflected on the stage'
The director on the power of Weill and Brecht's potent satire of consumerism, and its continued relevance in the 21st century.
Posts by John Fulljames
There are already at least 40 operatic adaptations of the Faust legend, so why has The Royal Opera commissioned two more?
Director John Fulljames on creating works specifically for young people.
We publish the first of five animated film shorts inspired by the music of La bohème and La traviata.
Executive and artistic staff of the Royal Opera House at the 2012/13 Season launch
Colin Lee, Juan Diego Flórez and John Fulljames in rehearsal for La donna del lago
John Fulljames and Joyce DiDonato in rehearsal for La donna del lago
John Fulljames and Michele Mariotti in rehearsal for La donna del lago
John Fulljames and members of the Royal Opera Chorus in rehearsal for La donna del lago