Sydney Opera House

David McVicar


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.

Productions include:

Giulio Cesare, Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena (The Met), Il Trovatore (The Met and Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco), Medee, Alcina, Tosca and The Rape Of Lucretia (ENO), La Clemenza Di Tito (Festival Aix En Provence), The Trojans, Adriana Lecouvreur, Aida, Salome, Le Nozze Di Figaro, Faust, Die Zauberflote, Rigoletto (Royal Opera House), Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Strasbourg), La Traviata (Geneva); Tristan Und Isolde (New National Theatre of Tokyo), Don Giovanni (San Francisco), The Rake’s Progress, La Traviata, Cosi Fan Tutti, Madama Butterfly, Idomeneo (Scottish Opera), Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg, Giulio Cesare, Carmen, La Boheme (Glyndebourne), Sweeney Todd, Don Giovanni, Hamlet, Il Re Pastore (Opera North),  Semele (Theatre Champs Elysee),  Don Giovanni, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brussels),  The Turn Of The Screw (Mariinsky Theatre, ENO, Madrid) Manon (ENO, Dallas, Gran Liceu, Barcelona, Chicago), Agrippa (Brussels, Champs Elysee; Frankfurt),  l’Incoronazione Di Poppea (Champs Elysee, Berlin State Opera, Strasbourg, Brussels), Der Rosenkavalier (Scottish Opera; Opera North, ENO),  Cosi Fan Tutte (Strasbourg; Scottish Opera), Elektra, Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg, 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.


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