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Richard Jones



Richard Jones in action.
Richard Jones in rehearsal for Gloriana, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2013

English director Richard Jones made his Royal Opera debut in 1994, directing Der Ring des Nibelungen. He has since returned to direct Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, L’Heure espagnole/Gianni Schicchi, The Gambler, Anna Nicole (world premiere), Il trittico, Gloriana, Boris Godunov, La bohème. (revived in the 2019/20 Season) and Kát’a Kabanová for The Royal Opera.

Jones has directed opera for English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne (Festival and on Tour), Opera North, Scottish Opera, and for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opéra, the opera companies of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, Chicago and Tokyo and the Bregenz Festival. He has worked in theatre at the Old Vic, Young Vic, the National Theatre, Almeida, the Royal Court, in the West End, for the Royal Shakespeare Company and for the Public Theatre, New York. He has directed three times on Broadway.

Jones has won six Olivier Awards (most recently for The Royal Opera’s Kát’a Kabanová), two Evening Standard Awards, a South Bank Show Award, been named Opernwelt Director of the Year and is a Tony nominee. In 2017 his production of The Hairy Ape at the Park Avenue Armory was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards. He was made a CBE in 2015.

News and features

Katya Kabanova wins Best New Opera Production at Olivier Awards 2019

8 April 2019
<em>Katya Kabanova</em> wins Best New Opera Production at Olivier Awards 2019

Richard Jones' Royal Opera production was acclaimed as 'strongly acted, carefully executed and superbly conducted'.

Insights into The Royal Opera's new La bohème

30 August 2017
Insights into The Royal Opera's new <em>La bohème</em>

Join the cast and creative team of Richard Jones' hotly-anticipated new production as they explore one of the most romantic operas of all time.

Watch: Antonio Pappano explores the music of Il tabarro and Suor Angelica

28 January 2016
Watch: Antonio Pappano explores the music of <em>Il tabarro</em> and <em>Suor Angelica</em>

The Music Director of the Royal Opera digs deeper into the scores of two of the three operas that make up Il trittico.