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John Fulljames

Director

Biography

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.

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.

Videos

News and features

Opera Essentials: <em>The Firework-Maker’s Daughter</em>

Opera Essentials: The Firework-Maker’s Daughter

1 December 2015

Our quick introduction to this family opera inspired by Philip Pullman’s captivating fairytale.

Na’ama Zisser to become Doctoral Composer-in-Residence at Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Na’ama Zisser to become Doctoral Composer-in-Residence at Guildhall School of Music and Drama

9 September 2015

Composer will present a major work at the Royal Opera House at the end of her residency.

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.

Posts by John Fulljames

Why opera's future is more diverse than its past

Why opera's future is more diverse than its past

21 September 2015

Opera is reinventing itself and creating a more relevant, inclusive and dynamic art-form in the process.

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.

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