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Richard Jones

Director

Biography

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 an award-winning production of 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.

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 opera productions have included Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (winner of a 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 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 credits 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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News and features

International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

27 March 2015

A host of Royal Opera-affiliated artists have been shortlisted.

Nominations for Olivier Awards 2015 announced

Nominations for Olivier Awards 2015 announced

9 March 2015

Nominees include Jonas Kaufmann, Christopher Wheeldon, and The Royal Opera's offsite programme in collaboration with Shakespeare's Globe and the Roundhouse.

Associate Director of The Royal Ballet Jeanetta Laurence among those recognized in the 2015 New Year Honours list


Associate Director of The Royal Ballet Jeanetta Laurence among those recognized in the 2015 New Year Honours list


31 December 2014

Royal Opera House designers Es Devlin and Tom Piper, and director Richard Jones, also receive honours.

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