James Robinson

Artistic director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, James Robinson made his San Francisco Opera debut in the 2005 production of Norma and returned in 2008 for L’Elisir d’Amore and 2009 for Il Trittico. His credits include productions for Houston Grand Opera (Abduction from the Seraglio, Lucia di Lammermoor, Giulio Cesare), Santa Fe Opera (Così fan tutte, Capriccio, The Rake’s Progress), the Canadian Opera Company (Elektra, Norma, Nixon in China). His work has also been seen at Washington National Opera, Opera Australia, Royal Swedish Opera, the Dallas Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Minnesota Opera, Seattle Opera, and the Wexford Festival. He has also created productions for the London Symphony Orchestra (Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher, Bernstein’s Mass), the Hollywood Bowl (Amadeus), Carnegie Hall, and Baltimore Symphony. A champion of new works, he has directed the world premieres of Ash’s The Golden Ticket, Catan’s Salsipuedes, and Blanchard’s Champion. He directed the American premiere of Chin’s Alice in Wonderland and Antheil’s Transatlantic and led major revivals of Adams’s Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer. Upcoming engagements include the American premiere of Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat Sen for Santa Fe Opera, The Death of Klinghoffer for Long Beach Opera, and the world premieres of Gordon’s Twenty-Seven and Perla’s Shalimar the Clown for Opera Theatre of St. Louis.