The Scottish director born in Glasgow is acclaimed as one of the world's foremost Opera directors. His productions are regularly seen worldwide as well as on television and DVD. He trained at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Scottish Academy as actor, designer and director.
Giulio Cesare, Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena (The Met), Il Trovatore (The Met and Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco), Faust, Don Giovanni (Opera Australia), La Clemenza Di Tito (Festival D’Aix En Provence and Lyric Opera Chicago), Andrea Chenier, The Trojans, Adriana Lecouvreur, Aida, Salome, Le Nozze Di Figaro, Faust, Die Zauberflote, Rigoletto (Royal Opera House), Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Strasbourg), Tristan Und Isolde (New National Theatre of Tokyo, Wiener Staatsoper), Medee, Alcina, Tosca and The Rape Of Lucretia (ENO), The Rake’s Progress, La Traviata, Cosi Fan Tutti, Madama Butterfly, Idomeneo (Scottish Opera), Les Troyens (Teatro alla Scala, San Francisco), Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg, Giulio Cesare, Carmen, La Boheme (Glyndebourne), Sweeney Todd, Don Giovanni, Hamlet, Il Re Pastore (Opera North), Semele (Theatre Champs Elysee, Paris), Don Giovanni (San Francisco), Don Giovanni, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Monnaie, Brussels), The Turn Of The Screw (Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, ENO, Madrid) Manon (ENO, Dallas, Barcelona, Chicago), Agrippina (La Monnaie, Champs Elysee, Frankfurt), l’Incoronazione Di Poppea (Champs Elysee, Berlin State Opera, Strasbourg, La Monnaie), Der Rosenkavalier (Scottish Opera; Opera North, ENO), Cosi Fan Tutte (Strasbourg; Scottish Opera), Elektra, Rusalka, Die Meistersinger, Billy Budd, Giulio Cesare (Chicago), Macbeth (Mariinsky), Orlando (Opera de Lille and Champs Elysee), Don Carlo (Frankfurt), Les Contes D’Hoffmann (Salzburg Festival).
He was knighted in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday honours list for Services to Opera. In 2011 he was awarded ‘Le Grand Prix de la Musique du Syndicat de la Critique’ for The Ring Cycle at Opera du Rhin, Strasbourg. Previously he has been awarded the South Bank Show Award for his productions of Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne, The Rape of Lucretia at ENO and The Turn of The Screw at ENO. His productions of Adriana Lecouvreur, The Turn of The Screw, Alcina, The Rape Of Lucretia, Rigoletto and La Clemenza Di Tito have all been nominated for Olivier Awards. He has also been nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in Opera Olivier Award.