12 September 2016 at 10.32am | 13 Comments
As Artistic Director of Northern Ireland Opera, Mears has built new audiences for opera and championed the work of Northern Irish and Irish composers, as well as setting up Northern Ireland’s first dedicated Young Artists Programme.
As a director he has staged highly-acclaimed productions including Tosca – which won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Opera in 2012 - L’elisir d’amore, Der fliegende Holländer – nominated for Achievement in Opera Award, Theatre Awards UK 2013 – Macbeth (with Welsh National Opera), Salome, Agrippina, Hansel and Gretel, and The Turn of the Screw (also performed at Novaya Opera, Moscow). His production of Noye’s Fludde featured as part of the London Cultural Olympiad before travelling to Beijing and Shanghai.
Mears has also directed productions for the Young Vic, Aldeburgh Music, Opera North, Nederlandse Reisopera Holland, Pimlico Opera, Nevill Holt Opera, Scottish Opera, and Bergen National Opera, as well as site-specific productions as Artistic Director of Second Movement.
Announcing the appointment, Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House said: ‘I am delighted that Oliver Mears is to join the Royal Opera House. He has successfully established Northern Ireland Opera as an important part of the UK opera scene as its founding Artistic Director, conceiving and delivering a range of innovative and impressive projects on and beyond the stage. It’s a very exciting appointment.’
These sentiments were echoed by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera: ‘I have been very impressed by Oliver Mears all through the selection process. He is fiercely intelligent, very knowledgeable about what is going on in the world of the performing arts, in particular theatre and opera, and he has genuine passion for our art form. I look forward to a very productive collaboration with him and wish him all success.’
Oliver Mears said: ‘I have had a wonderful time at Northern Ireland Opera over the last six years and am proud of the Company’s growth and artistic excellence. I’m thrilled to be joining The Royal Opera to work alongside Antonio Pappano, Peter Katona, Cormac Simms, John Fulljames and the team - we have already had some inspiring conversations and I look forward to the future working together.’