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Suba Das



British director and producer Suba Das made his Royal Opera debut in 2017 directing the posthumous world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya, in a semi-staged co-production between The Royal Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve, Leicester. Das is Associate Director at Curve, a position he has held since 2012.

Das was born in Newcastle. He studied English at Cambridge University and trained as a director at Birkbeck, University of London. He began his career as Resident Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East, productions including a site-specific production of Medea that used his own translation. He went on to become the youngest ever Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio. In 2010 he co-founded Custom/Practice, staging site-specific productions across London of Othello, The Winter’s Tale and The Revenger’s Tragedy in collaboration with the Old Vic Tunnels and Hoxton Hall.

At Curve, Das oversees all commissioning and development of new work, showcased in the theatre’s annual Inside Out Festival, which has drawn an audience of more than 20,000 people since its inaugural festival in 2014. Directing credits at Curve include the world premieres of Wipers by Ishy Din (for the centenary of World War I) and Pink Sari Revolution (based on the documentary novel by Amana Fontanella-Khan), Abigail’s Party and Mother Clap’s Molly House. Away from Curve, Das has directed for venues and companies including Young Vic, Roundhouse and Old Vic New Voices, and works regularly as a dramaturg for dance and circus.

News and features

Opera Essentials: Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya

8 May 2017
Opera Essentials: Ravi Shankar’s <em>Sukanya</em>

Our quick introduction to this world premiere from a music icon.

Ravi Shankar's opera Sukanya to receive world premiere in May 2017

29 September 2016
Ravi Shankar's opera <em>Sukanya</em> to receive world premiere in May 2017

The late composer's only opera will tour the UK in a new co-production with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Leicester's Curve theatre.