English director Stephen Langridge made his Royal Opera debut in 2000, directing the revival of Di Trevis’s 1991 world premiere production of Gawain. He has since returned to direct original productions of directs The Minotaur (world premiere) and Parsifal for The Royal Opera.
Langridge studied drama at Exeter University. His close relationship to Birtwistle’s operas began in his third year when a touring production of Punch and Judy inspired him to pursue opera direction. He has since worked on productions of Yan Tan Tethera, The Mask of Orpheus and The Io Passion in addition to his Royal Opera Birtwistle productions. Other engagements include Madama Butterfly (Norwegian National Opera), Lohengrin (Royal Swedish Opera), Don Carlo (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos), La Damnation de Faust (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Otello (Salzburg Festival and Rome) and La bohème and Hippolyte et Aricie (Bregenz Festival). He was appointed Artistic Director of Opera and Drama at Gothenburg Opera in 2013.
Alongside his career in mainstream opera Langridge is devoted to using music theatre in education and development work around the world. He began his career working with cutting-edge company Opera Factory, and was deeply involved in Share Music, a charity running music courses for young people with physical disabilities or sensory impairment. He has directed productions of West Side Story and Julius Caesar in high-security prisons in the UK, and runs Ngoma, a music and theatre project in South Africa. He is the son of the late tenor Philip Langridge.
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22 November 2013
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20 December 2012
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17 December 2012
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21 August 2012
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27 July 2012
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