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Tim Albery



English director Tim Albery made his Royal Opera debut in 1994 with Chérubin. He has since returned to direct Nabucco, Der fliegende Holländer and Tannhäuser for The Royal Opera, and the world premiere of Pleasure, a co-commission and co-production between The Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North.

Albery began his career in theatre and turned to opera in the 1980s. He has a close relationship with Opera North, where his many productions include Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Così fan tutte, Fidelio, Macbeth, Don Carlos, Otello, Les Troyens (also Welsh National Opera), Madama Butterfly and Kat’á Kabanová. He has directed several productions for English National Opera, including Peter Grimes, Billy Budd and Boris Godunov. For Scottish Opera his productions include a highly acclaimed Der Ring des Nibelungen. In 2013 he directed Grimes on the Beach for Aldeburgh Festival. Albery’s further credits include Aida and War and Peace (Canadian Opera Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Metropolitan Opera, New York), La finta giardiniera, Arabella and Die Zauberflöte (Santa Fe), Don Carlo (Opera Philadelphia), The Lighthouse and Kat’á Kabanová (Boston), The Aspern Papers (Dallas), Tannhäuser (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Simon Boccanegra (Bavarian State Opera) and Idomeneo (Garsington Opera). In contemporary opera he has directed R. Murray Schafer’s The Children’s Crusade (Luminato Festival, Toronto), Brian Current’s Airline Icarus (Soundstreams, Toronto) and John Harris’s M’dea Undone (Tapestry Opera, Toronto).

In theatre Albery has directed productions including Attempts on Her Life (Royal Court), Wallenstein and Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company), Berenice (National Theatre) and Nathan the Wise (Toronto).

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