Rob Kearley

(Northamptonshire, England)

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 Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florida Grand Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Opera North, Opera de Lyon, Prague State Opera, Opéra Comique Paris, Teatro Comunale Bolzano, and the Bregenz Festival, as well as alongside directors David Pountney, Christopher Alden, Tim Albery, Robert Carsen, Chen Shi-Zheng, and Yoshi Oida, among others. Recent engagements included Portraits de Manon at Wexford Opera; revivals of Weinberg’s The Passenger for Florida Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Houston Grand Opera; Judith Weir’s Miss Fortune at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; a new production of Gounod’s Faust and a production of Britten’s Death in Venice for Opera North. In 2017, Kearley returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago as associate director for the Ring cycle and as director for Turandot.