British director Simon Iorio has been an assistant director for several Royal Opera productions, including most recently David McVicar’s Death in Venice in the 2019/20 Season. In the 2019/20 Season he also revives La bohème for Richard Jones in February and May.
Iorio trained and performed as a singer before switching to opera directing. His own directing credits include Howard Moody’s Agreed (Glyndebourne; winner of a YAM Award for Best Participatory Project with Young Audiences), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Hampstead Garden Opera; nominated for an OffWest End Award), Push (Battle Festival in partnership with Glyndebourne) and Orpheus in the Underworld (Blackheath Halls for Trinity Laban Conservatoire). He has been an Associate and Revival Director for productions for Glyndebourne and Lyric Opera of Chicago, and worked extensively with leading directors, including being assistant director to David McVicar, Richard Jones, Laurent Pelly and Keith Warner for productions with The Royal Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Glyndebourne (Festival and on Tour) and La Scala, Milan, among others.
Iorio also regularly works as a director for leading UK conservatories, including the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.