2015–16 Season: Revival Director of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Ian Rutherford is making his San Francisco Opera debut with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. As a staff director for English National Opera, Rutherford directed the critically-acclaimed revivals of The Barber of Seville, Falstaff, Madam Butterfly, The Magic Flute,and La Bohème. Outside of Britain, he directed a new production for the Festival les Azuriales in Cap Ferrat of Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segretto in 2003 and 2004. He also directed the revivals of many productions by David Alden: Ariodante at Houston Grand Opera, Vlaamse Opera, and Opera Oviedo; Lucia di Lammermoor at Canadian Opera, Opera Gothenburg, and Washington National Opera; Peter Grimes at Opera Oviedo and Deutsche Oper Berlin; and Otello at Kungliga Operan Stockholm. Recently Rutherford has worked for Glyndebourne Festival Opera directing the revivals of Michael Grandage’s award-winning Billy Budd and Le Nozze di Figaro. Future engagements include Le Nozze di Figaro at Houston Grand Opera and Glyndebourne and Lucia di Lammermoor at Theater Bonn.