English director Martin Duncan made his Royal Opera debut in 1993, directing Die Zauberflöte. He has since directed Artaxerxes and a double programme of Birtwistle’s The Corridor and The Cure in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
Duncan was born in London and trained as a stage manager at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He was Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse 1994–99, Joint Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre 2003–5 and an Artistic Adviser for the London 2012 Olympic Culture Festival. His opera productions include Ariadne auf Naxos (Scottish Opera/Edinburgh Festival), The Gondoliers (English National Opera); Xerxes, La clemenza di Tito, The Rake’s Progress and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Munich), The Love for Three Oranges (Cologne), The Last Supper (Berlin and Glyndebourne), L’Heure espagnole, Gianni Schicchi, Orpheus in the Underworld, La gazza ladra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera North), Albert Herring (Toronto), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Opera North, Chemnitz, Minnesota, Moscow and Bonn), Mirandolina (Garsington), Betrothal in a Monastery (Toulouse) and Patience and The Yeomen of the Guard (BBC Proms).
Other work includes the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s The Nutcracker (for which he also co-wrote the scenario), Man of La Mancha (Edinburgh), The Comedy of Errors (Berlin) and The Rocky Horror Show (Munich and Milan). He has also composed music for more than fifty theatre productions.