2016–17 Season: Director of Rigoletto
Making his San Francisco Opera debut directing Rigoletto, Rob Kearley has worked with companies across Europe and North America including English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Opera North, Opera de Lyon, Prague State Opera, Prague National Theatre, Teatro Comunale Bolzano, and the Bregenz Festival and alongside directors David Pountney, Christopher Alden, Tim Albery, Robert Carsen, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Yoshi Oida, among others.
Kearley was formerly a member of the Swingle Singers and Synergy Vocals with whom he toured widely. He sang and recorded the world premieres of works by composers including Berio, Corghi, Reich, Laing, and Mackey, working with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Toronto Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Ensemble Modern, Steve Reich and Musicians, London Sinfonietta, and Orchestre National de Lyon.
Recent engagements included Portraits de Manon at Wexford Opera; revivals of Weinberg’s The Passenger for Israeli Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Houston Grand Opera; directing at the 2012 Europa Cantat Festival in Turin; Judith Weir’s Miss Fortune at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; working with the Opéra Comique in Paris; a new production of Gounod’s Faust and a production of Britten’s Death in Venice for Opera North; Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Bregenzer Festspiele; and Britten’s Peter Grimes for Opéra de Lyon.