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Richard Jones

Biography

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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 an award-winning production of Wagner’s 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 and Gloriana for The Royal Opera, and in the 2014/15 Season presents his production of David Sawer's mad boy clever girl in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Jones was born in London, and studied Anthropology at Hull University. He worked as a jazz musician before beginning his directing career in Glasgow with Scottish Opera and the Citizens’ Theatre. His many notable opera productions have included Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (South Bank Show Award), Wozzeck and Hänsel und Gretel for Welsh National Opera, Rodelinda, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Lulu, The Trojans and Julietta for English National Opera, Falstaff, Macbeth and Jonathan Dove’s Flight for Glyndebourne Festival, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Lohengrin for Bavarian State Opera, Billy Budd for Frankfurt Opera, Peter Grimes for La Scala, Milan, and La bohème for Bregenz Festival.

Jones has also worked prolifically in theatre, with his productions including Public Enemy, The Government Inspector, Annie Get Your Gun and The Good Soul of Szechuan for the Young Vic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tales from the Vienna Woods for the National Theatre and Into the Woods in the West End. He has won three Olivier Awards for his work in opera and two in theatre.

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Eva-Maria Westbroek returns to Covent Garden in Les Troyens

Eva-Maria Westbroek returns to Covent Garden in Les Troyens

22 June 2012

The soprano tells us why she’s so happy to be singing the role of Didon with The Royal Opera.

Suor Angelica broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 22 June.

Suor Angelica broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 22 June.

21 June 2012

Watch the second of Puccini’s Il trittico, directed by Richard Jones.

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