Lee Blakeley

(Yorkshire, England)

2015–16 Season: Director of Sweeney Todd

Making his San Francisco Opera debut with Sweeney Todd, Lee Blakeley studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and at Glasgow University. He was awarded a 2007 Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Blakeley's highly acclaimed production of A Little Night Music was seen at the Paris Théâtre du Châtelet, as well as Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George (2013), Into the Woods and The King and I (2014). In North America, Blakeley has directed, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, The Pearl Fishers and Madama Butterfly at Santa Fe Opera; Orpheus and Euridice for Minnesota Opera; and Falstaff for Los Angeles Opera. Other credits include Il Turco in Italia for Angers Nantes Opera; Così fan tutte at London’s Royal College of Music; Into the Woods for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; A Love for Three Oranges, A Night at the Chinese Opera (nominated for the 2008 TMA “Achievement in Opera” Award) and Die Fledermaus for Scottish Opera; as well as productions in Wexford, Philadelphia, Antwerp and London. He also directed the musical Pat Kirkwood is Angry, which has been performed in the U.K. and in New York. Blakeley has been an associate director for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; and English National Opera; and has worked for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera New Zealand, Royal Danish Opera, Monte Carlo Opera, and in Lille, Trieste, and Tenerife. Other recent career highlights include Handel's Riccardo Primo in St. Louis and Rigoletto for Santa Fe Opera.