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Katie Mitchell



English director Katie Mitchell made her Royal Opera House debut in 2009 on Parthenogenesis and has since returned to direct Clemency for ROH2, Written on Skin, Lucia di Lammermoor (revived in the 2019/20 Season) and the world premiere of Lessons in Love and Violence for The Royal Opera. In the 2019/20 Season she also directs Zauberland (Linbury Theatre).

Mitchell has been an Associate Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and Royal Court. Theatre credits include Shadows (Eurydice Speaks), Lungs and The Yellow Wallpaper (Schaubühne Berlin), Cleansed, Hansel and Gretel and A Woman Killed with Kindness (National Theatre), Ophelias Zimmer (Schaubühne, Royal Court), Reisende auf einem Bein, Happy Days, Everything Else You Know from the Movies and Sleeping Men (Schauspielhaus, Hamburg), La Maladie de la Mort (Théâtre du Bouffes du Nord, Paris), The Maids (Toneelgroep, Amsterdam), Anatomy of a Suicide and 2071 (Royal Court), The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic), The Forbidden Zone (Salzburg Festival, Schaubühne), A Sorrow Beyond Dreams (Burgtheater Vienna), Say It with Flowers, The Trial of Ubu (Hampstead Theatre), Night Train (Schauspiel, Cologne, Avignon Festival, Theatertreffen), Ten Billion (Royal Court, Avignon Festival) and Rings of Saturn and Waves (Schauspiel, Cologne). Film and television credits include an untitled short film (Warp/Film4),?The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, Jenufa, Rough for Theatre II and The Turn of the Screw.

Mitchell’s opera productions include Ariadne auf Naxos, Pelléas et Mélisande, Alcina, Trauernacht and The House Taken Over (Aix-en-Provence Festival), The Way Back Home (English National Opera/Young Vic), Le Vin herbé (Berlin State Opera), Al gran sole carico d’amore (Berlin State Opera, Salzburg Festival) and Orest and Jenufa (Dutch National Opera). In 2016/17 she was Visiting Chair in Opera Studies at Oxford University. In 2009 she was awarded an OBE for services to drama.

News and features

How can opera be relevant in today’s time-poor world?

4 October 2017
How can opera be relevant in today’s time-poor world?

In a world where time is short and news is instant, is there a space for opera’s lengthy death scenes and extravagant vocal numbers?

Opera Essentials: Lucia di Lammermoor

9 March 2016
Opera Essentials: <em>Lucia di Lammermoor</em>

Our quick introduction to Katie Mitchell’s new production of Donizetti’s violent tragedy.

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

1 March 2016
Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

Nominees include Kasper Holten, Anna Netrebko and Ermonela Jaho.