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, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Orphée et Eurydice, co-directed with Hofesh Shechter. In August 2017 Fulljames will leave his position at The Royal Opera to become Director of Opera at the Royal Danish Theatre. In the 2017/18 Season he directs a new production of The Return of Ulysses for The Royal Opera in the Roundhouse.
Fulljames was Artistic Director of The Opera Group (now Mahogany Opera Group) 1997–2011. He worked closely with a wide range of composers and librettists to develop, commission and produce new operas. His productions for The 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 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, Così fan tutte for Garsington 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.
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Colin Lee, Juan Diego Flórez and John Fulljames in rehearsal for La donna del lago
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John Fulljames and members of the Royal Opera Chorus in rehearsal for La donna del lago