2016–17 Season: Director of La Bohème
British stage director John Caird made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2014 with La Bohème. He is an honorary associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, a regular guest director at the National Theatre, and principal guest director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm. Caird’s production of Daddy Long Legs, with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, is currently touring the U.S. and Canada. It had its Japanese language premiere for the TOHO Company at Theatre Crié in Tokyo in 2012 and was revived there in January 2013. In May 2013, Caird’s production of Puccini’s Tosca opened at Los Angeles Opera. Caird also opened a new production of Parsifal at the Lyric Opera of Chicago this year. In December 2013, Caird’s new Christmas musical Little Miss Scrooge, co-written with Paul Gordon and Sam Caird, received its premiere. His other recent work includes a new production of Romeo and Juliet at Dramaten in Stockholm, a new production of Don Giovanni at Welsh National Opera, Previn’s Brief Encounter and Tosca at Houston Grand Opera, and Candide in Tokyo. Caird’s book Theatre Craft, an encyclopedic companion for the professional director, was published in March 2010 by Faber and Faber in London and New York.