Graham Vick CBE Director

Graham Vick is established as one of the world’s leading opera directors.  He is Artistic Director of the Birmingham Opera Company.

He has collaborated with many prominent conductors including at La Scala with Muti, The Met with James Levine, the Royal Opera House with Bernard Haitink, Munich with Mehta, Paris with Conlon, Chicago with Andrew Davis, and the Mariinsky with Gergiev.

Graham Vick’s Falstaff was the opening production at the new Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in December 1999 and he opened the La Scala 2001/02 season with a highly acclaimed production of Otello.  Other productions have included Macbeth and Eugine Onegin at La Scala,  Moses und Aron and Il Trovatore at the Met in New York, The Queen of Spades in Chicago, Tannhäuser and Lucia di Lammermoor in San Francisco, Poppea in Houston, The Tales of Hoffmann at English National Opera, Cosi fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Pelléas et Mélisande at Glyndebourne (where he was Director of Productions from 1994 to 2000), Don Carlos at the Opéra de Paris, The Makropoulos Case for the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, La bohème and Tannhäuser in Athens,  L’Inganno Felice for La Fenice in Padova, La Rondine in Venice, Ernani at the Vienna State Opera, Wozzeck, Fidelio, Candide, Ulisses Comes Home, Ariadne, Idomeneo, Otello and La traviata in Birmingham, Peter Grimes in Paris, Tamerlano and Idomeneo in Florence, Mefistofele in Amsterdam , Tamerlano in Madrid, Les Troyens in Munich and Florence, Rigoletto in Madrid and Florence, Simon Boccanegra and La clemenza di Tito in Turin, La Traviata for the Arena di Verona, Anna Bolena in Verona, Enescu’s Oedipe in Cagliari, Werther in Lisbon, Die Zauberflöte for the 2005 Salzburg Festival, a separate production of Die Zauberflöte at the Bolshoi in Moscow, Aida for the Bregenz Festival, Manon Lescaut at La Fenice, Venice and in Verona, Tamerlano at Covent Garden, Die Gezeichneten in Palermo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Rome and Tristan und Isolde for the Deutsche Oper Berlin.  He directed Curlew River with the Birmingham Opera Company for the 2004 BBC Proms in London. His productions of Macbeth and Otello were presented by La Scala in Japan in September 2003.

Recent and future engagements include Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci for Greek National Opera, Lucia di Lamermoor in Turin, Otello in Zurich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Gothenburg, the world premieres of Dove’s Life is a Dream and Stockhausen’s Mittwoch in Birmingham Opera Company’s 25th anniversary season, Boris Godunov in St Petersburg and Baden Baden, the Ring in Palermo, Macbeth in Florence and Rossini’s Guillaume Tell at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.

Many of Graham Vick’s productions have been filmed for television and video release, including The Queen of Spades, Eugene Onegin, Ermione, Lulu, Manon Lescaut and Pelleas et Melisande from Glyndebourne, Fidelio and Otello from Birmingham, The Rape of Lucretia from English National Opera, War and Peace from St Petersburg and Aida from Bregenz.  In the Autumn of 2002 he was the subject of a South Bank Show, featuring the Birmingham Opera Company’s community opera project Fidelio.

Graham Vick is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres in France, Honorary Professor of Music at Birmingham University, and a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music. He has received many prizes and awards for his productions including the prestigious Premi Abbiati in Italy (four times, most recently for Mose in Egitto at the 2011 Pesaro Rossini Festival) and the South Bank Show Award for Opera (twice). He was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009.

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