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Stephen Langridge

Director

Biography

Stephen Langridge in action.
Stephen Langridge in rehearsal for Parsifal, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2013

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.

Videos

News and features

Parsifal available to buy on DVD

Parsifal available to buy on DVD

18 December 2014

Stephen Langridge's Royal Opera production of Wagner’s final opera, starring Simon O'Neill, Angela Denoke, René Pape and Gerald Finley.

Watch: Insights into Parsifal

Watch: Insights into Parsifal

19 December 2013

A masterclass from legendary Wagnerian John Tomlinson, a musical introduction from Antonio Pappano, and the creative team on their production.

Gallery: Parsifal in rehearsal

Gallery: Parsifal in rehearsal

22 November 2013

A glimpse of Stephen Langridge's new Royal Opera production before curtain up.

The Minotaur: A thrilling sonic labyrinth

The Minotaur: A thrilling sonic labyrinth

21 August 2012

Harrison Birtwistle's operatic take on the Ancient Greek myth returns to The Royal Opera.

Behind the scenes: One Extraordinary World season guide cover

Behind the scenes: One Extraordinary World season guide cover

27 July 2012

A look at what inspired the striking cover image featuring both Minotaur and White Swan.

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