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Richard Eyre

Director

Biography

English director Richard Eyre made his Royal Opera debut in 1994, directing The Royal Opera's production of La traviata.

Eyre studied at the University of Cambridge. He began his working life as an actor. After directing a successful play at the Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, he subsequently focussed on direction. Eyre was associate director at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, and ran the Nottingham Playhouse before being appointed Director of the National Theatre, a role he held 1988–97. NT productions of that period included Guys and Dolls, The Beggar’s Opera, Hamlet, Racing Demon, Richard III, The Night of the Iguana, Sweet Bird of Youth, Skylight, King Lear and The Invention of Love.

Eyres’s theatre work has included further productions for the NT, West End and Broadway, including Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes, The Crucible, Private Lives, Quartermaine’s Terms and Mr Foote’s Other Leg. In opera he has directed Carmen, Werther and Le nozze di Figaro for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Manon Lescaut for the Baden-Baden Festival. Film work includes Iris and Notes on a Scandal, and he has directed and produced extensively for television, credits including The Dresser. He has written and directed adaptations of Hedda Gabler, Ghosts and Little Eyolf for the Almeida Theatre. His four books include National Service (a journal of his time at the NT) and What Do I Know? (collected essays). Eyre has been the recipient of numerous accolades including six Oliver awards and a knighthood.

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News and features

How to Stage an Opera: tradition and transformation in La traviata

How to Stage an Opera: tradition and transformation in La traviata

15 May 2014

Richard Eyre's production may look traditional, but its exaggerated theatricality invites a closer look.

Listen: Diana Damrau - 'People say you need three sopranos to sing one La traviata'

Listen: Diana Damrau - 'People say you need three sopranos to sing one La traviata'

15 April 2014

The star of La traviata tells BBC Radio 3's In Tune about the production, and her changing voice.

Opera Essentials: La traviata

Opera Essentials: La traviata

14 April 2014

A quick guide to Verdi's heartbreaking tragedy.

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