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Katie Mitchell



English director Katie Mitchell made her Royal Opera House debut in 2009 on Parthenogenesis and has since returned to direct Clemency for ROH2 and Written on Skin and Lucia di Lammermoor for The Royal Opera. In the 2017/18 Season she returns to direct the world premiere of Lessons in Love and Violence.

Mitchell has been an Associate Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and Royal Court. Theatre credits include Shadows (Eurydice Speaks), Lungs, The Yellow Wallpaper (Schaubühne Berlin), Cleansed, Hansel and Gretel, A Woman Killed with Kindness (National Theatre), Ophelia’s Room (Schaubühne, Royal Court), Reisende auf einem Bein, Happy Days, Everything Else You Know from the Movies (Schauspielhaus, Hamburg), Brandstichter Festival (a remounting of five previous Mitchell productions at Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam), 2071 (Royal Court), The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic), The Forbidden Zone (Salzburg Festival, Schaubühne), A Sorrow Beyond Dreams (Burgtheater Vienna), Say It with Flowers, The Trial of Ubu (Hampstead Theatre), Night Train (Schauspiel, Cologne, Avignon Festival, Theatertreffen), Ten Billion (Royal Court, Avignon Festival) and Rings of Saturn, Waves (Schauspiel, Cologne). Film and television credits include an untitled short film (Warp/Film4), The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, Jenůfa, Rough for Theatre II and The Turn of the Screw.

Mitchell’s opera productions include Pelléas et Mélisande, Alcina, Trauernacht and The House Taken Over (Aix-en-Provence Festival), The Way Back Home (English National Opera/Young Vic), Le Vin herbé (Berlin State Opera), Al gran sole carico d’amore (Berlin State Opera, Salzburg Festival) and Orest (Dutch National Opera). In 2016/17 she is Visiting Chair in Opera Studies at Oxford University. In 2009 she was awarded an OBE for services to drama.


News and features

How can opera be relevant in today’s time-poor world?

4 October 2017
How can opera be relevant in today’s time-poor world?

In a world where time is short and news is instant, is there a space for opera’s lengthy death scenes and extravagant vocal numbers?

Opera Essentials: Lucia di Lammermoor

9 March 2016
Opera Essentials: <em>Lucia di Lammermoor</em>

Our quick introduction to Katie Mitchell’s new production of Donizetti’s violent tragedy.

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

1 March 2016
Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

Nominees include Kasper Holten, Anna Netrebko and Ermonela Jaho.