Stephen Lawless

Stage Director

Acclaimed director Stephen Lawless was Director of Production for the Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1986 to 1991‚ where his work culminated in an immensely successful production of Death in Venice‚ which was recorded by the BBC for television and video release and revived at the 1992 Glyndebourne Festival. Further UK engagements include Falstaff and Die Fledermaus (Glyndebourne); The Maiden in the Tower and Kashchei the Immortal (Buxton Festival).

Stephen Lawless’ most recent and current engagements include Le nozze di Figaro (Cincinnati Opera, San Diego and Palm Beach Opera)‚ Romeo et Juliette (Liceu, Barcelona)‚ Anna Bolena (Canadian Opera Company)‚ Roberto Devereux (San Francisco Opera and Los Angeles Opera), The Elixir of Love (Seattle Opera), Lucia di Lammermoor (Oldenburg), Cosi fan Tutte (Essen), Manon Lescaut (The Grange Festival) and Katya Kabanova (Scottish Opera / Theater Magdeburg).

Productions in North America include Don Giovanni, Un ballo in mascheraIl trovatoreL’elisir d’amoreDon Pasquale, Falstaff, Capriccio, Boris Godunov, Le nozze di Figaro, La bohème, Cavallaria rusticana / i PagliacciLa clemenza di TitoAnna Bolena, Boris Godunov, Der Fliegende Holländer, Daphne, CapriccioFaust, Romeo et Juliette, Carmen,  Maria Stuarda,  Der Freischutz  in various opera houses, such as Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera Chicago, Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Theater St Louis, Virginia Opera and others. His work has been critically acclaimed.

Engagements in Europe include Boris Godunov (Vienna Staatsoper); Scarlatti’s Griselda (Deutsche Staatsoper‚ Berlin); Boris Godunov and Un ballo in maschera (La Fenice, Venice); OrfeoTancredi, Iolanta and Francesca da Rimini (Theater an der Wien); Die Fledermaus (Opera de Geneve); Peter GrimesDie FledermausOtello and William Tell (Graz); Acis and GalateaVenus and AdonisDido and Aeneas‚ and Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena (Innsbruck Festival); Salome and Der Ring des Niebelungen (Nürnberg Opera); Die Zauberflöte (Netherlands); Giulio Cesare (Erfurt); La Traviata and Rusalka (Magdeburg) and Der Rosenkavelier (Boshoi), Boris Godunov (St.Petersburg).

Further afield, productions include Le nozze di figaroToscaDer Rosenkavalier and Un ballo in maschera (Hong Kong Festival); Die Fledermaus (National Performing Arts Centre, Beijing)‚ Otello and Die Fledermaus (Korean National Opera).


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