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Michael Barry

Movement director


English movement director Michael Barry made his Royal Opera debut in the 2012 revival of Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Keith Warner. He has also been Movement Director for Otello, and for Welsh National Opera’s productions of Peter Pan and The Merchant of Venice (staged at the Royal Opera House), all directed by Warner.

Barry trained at Warwick University and Central School of Speech and Drama. As a dancer and actor he toured extensively in plays and musicals. His credits as both a director and choreographer include Albert Herring, Le nozze di Figaro, The Fairy Queen, English Eccentrics, Psyche, The Magic Flute, The Cunning Little Vixen, Dido and Aeneas, Godspell, Merrily We Roll Along, West Side Story and Jekyll and Hyde (Birmingham Conservatoire), Tosca and Carmen (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), Dido and Aeneas and Joey Boy (MAC, Belfast) and Sweeney Todd and L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Royal Northern College of Music), Noye’s Fludde, Tobias and the Angel, Savitri, The Wandering Scholar and Riders to the Sea (Buxton Festival ). For Keith Warner other movement direction include Notorious (Göteborg Opera), The Great Gatsby (Semperoper Dresden) and Vanessa (Glyndebourne).

Barry’s work as a director includes the premieres of two plays by Michael Morpurgo, an award-winning one-man Hamlet (Edinburgh and Adelaide festivals), David Blake’s Icarus (Montepulciano) and La Voix humaine (Dijon).