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Keith Warner

Director

Biography

Keith Warner in action.
Keith Warner in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe © 2015 ROH/Shakespeare's Globe. Photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

English director Keith Warner made his Royal Opera debut in 2002 with Wozzeck (winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production) and has since directed Der Ring des Nibelungen for The Royal Opera, Peter Pan for Welsh National Opera at the Royal Opera House and on tour and Rossi’s Orpheus for The Royal Opera and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to direct Otello for The Royal Opera, and WNO performs his production of The Merchant of Venice.

Warner grew up in London and studied English and Drama at Bristol University. In 1981 he joined English National Opera and was Associate Director there 1984–9. He has also been Associate Director of Scottish Opera, Artistic Director of Opera Omaha and Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera. He is currently Director of Theatre Studies for the National Opera Studio. Warner has directed more than a hundred and fifty operas in 20 countries, as well as plays and musicals, and has written the librettos to three operas by David Blake. He has directed two Ring cycles (The Royal Opera and Tokyo) and has directed Lohengin for the Bayreuth Festival. He has directed the world premieres of a new version of Penderecki’s The Devils of Loudon (Copenhagen), Hans Gefor’s Notorious (Göteborg) and André Tchaikovsky’s The Merchant of Venice (Bregenz Festival). Awards include the Austrian Music Theatre Prize for Mathis der Maler (Theater an der Wien).

Outreach work plays an important part in Warner’s career. He helped to set up the outreach wing of ENO and in 2006 was involved in a major production with Streetwise Opera, involving homeless people in the Newcastle area.

Videos

News and features

Michael Portillo on the drama of a behind the scenes look at Die Walküre

Michael Portillo on the drama of a behind the scenes look at Die Walküre

14 January 2013

The broadcaster and former politician's account of a nail-biting climax to Royal Opera LIVE.

Your reaction: Götterdämmerung

Your reaction: Götterdämmerung

2 October 2012

A selection of your tweets about the return of the final opera of The Ring Cycle.

Your reaction: Siegfried

Your reaction: Siegfried

1 October 2012

A selection of your tweets about the return of the third opera of The Ring Cycle.

Photos

Keith Warner in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Bryn Terfel in rehearsal for Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wolfgang Koch for Der Ring des Nibelungen

Director Keith Warner in rehearsal for Der Ring des Nibelungen

Geraldine James

Emily Magee as Gutrune, Peter Coleman-Wright as Gunther and Kurt Rydle as Hagen in Götterdämmerung

Elaine McKrill as Ortlinde, Iréne Theorin as Helmwige and Sarah Castle as Siegrune in Die Walküre

Katarina Dalayman as Sieglinde in Die Walküre

Katarina Dalayman as Sieglinde and Jorma Silvasti as Siegmund in Die Walküre

Christian Curnyn, Keith Warner, Caitlin Hulcup in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Keith Warner in rehearsal for Orpheus, The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe

Andrew O'Hagan

Writer Jackie Kay

Actress Siobhan Redmond

Peter Coleman-Wright as Gunther in Götterdämmerung

John Tomlinson as Wotan and Lisa Gasteen as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre

Bryn Terfel as Wotan and Rosalind Plowright as Fricka in Die Walküre

Keith Warner

Susan Bullock in rehearsal for Der Ring des Nibelungen

Timberlake Wertenbaker

Writer Glyn Maxwell

Peter Coleman-Wright as Gunther and Kurt Rydle as Hagen in Götterdämmerung

Lisa Gasteen as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Die Walküre

Production photo of Götterdämmerung

Eva Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde in Die Walküre

Lisa Gasteen as Brünnhilde and Eva Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde in Die Walküre

Bryn Terfel as Wotan in Die Walküre

Nadine Livingston, Kai Rüütel, Harriet Williams and Wolfgang Koch in rehearsal for Der Ring des Nibelungen

Stefan Vinke and Susan Bullock in rehearsal for Der Ring des Nibelungen

Harriet Walter