Michael Walling makes his debut with San Francisco Opera in 2011 with Nicholas Hytner’s revival production that he has led at English National Opera and Houston Grand Opera. His other opera credits include Nixon in China at Greek National Opera, and La Bohème and Die Walküre at English National Opera. Walling is the founder and artistic director of Border Crossings, a theater company based in the U.K. He has directed numerous productions across four continents, winning awards for Two Gentlemen of Verona in the U.S. and Paul & Virginie in Mauritius. Productions elsewhere include The Good Soul of Szechuan, Attempts on Her Life, Victory, Hard Times, The Art of Success, Macbeth, The Great God Brown, Play with Cocaine, Beardsley, Spokesong, Sir Thomas More. Walling studied history at Oxford University and subsequently trained at Trinity College, Dublin.