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John Fulljames

Biography

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John Fulljames and Joyce DiDonato in rehearsal for La donna del lago © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

John Fulljames is Associate Director of Opera for The Royal Opera. He was appointed to the position in 2011.

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

Other productions include La donna del lago for The Royal Opera, La clemenza di Tito, From the House of the Dead, The Excursions of Mr Broucek and Romeo et Juliette for Opera North, Where the Wild Things Are and Juliette at Theater Bremen, Von Heute auf Morgen and Sancta Susanna for Opéra de Lyon, Gianni Schicchi and Florentinische Tragoedie for Greek National Opera. 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 went to Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, and the Liceu, Barcelona.

Videos

News and features

Happy birthday Harrison Birtwistle!

Happy birthday Harrison Birtwistle!

14 July 2014

The composer, who celebrates his 80th birthday on 15 July, has a long relationship with The Royal Opera.

Watch: John Fulljames introduces A Faustian Pack

Watch: John Fulljames introduces A Faustian Pack

21 March 2014

Programme includes two new works inspired by the Faust story: Luke Bedford’s Through His Teeth and Matthew Herbert’s The Crackle.

Watch: Luca Francesconi and John Fulljames on post-apocalyptic opera Quartett

Watch: Luca Francesconi and John Fulljames on post-apocalyptic opera Quartett

18 March 2014

UK premiere of acclaimed opera, based on Heiner Müller's vision of Les Liaisons dangereuses.

Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez and Plácido Domingo nominated for Olivier Awards 2014

Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez and Plácido Domingo nominated for Olivier Awards 2014

10 March 2014

Les Vêpres Siciliennes, The Firework-Maker's Daughter, The Wind in the Willows and Arthur Pita also among those nominated.

Watch: La donna del lago trailer

Watch: La donna del lago trailer

21 April 2013

John Fulljames’s new production of Rossini’s turbulent love story opens in May.

‘Showing us how we are by inventing who we were’: John Fulljames on Walter Scott

‘Showing us how we are by inventing who we were’: John Fulljames on Walter Scott

9 April 2013

Ahead of La donna del lago and BBC Radio 4’s Scott Season, the director on the author’s appeal.

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