Stephen Lawless

Stephen Lawless

2018–19 Season: Director of Roberto Devereux

Stephen Lawless was director of production for the Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1986 to 1991, where his work culminated in an immensely successful production of Death in Venice, which was subsequently recorded by the BBC for television and video release. The production was revived at the 1992 Glyndebourne Festival. He made his debut with the Kirov Opera in Leningrad producing Boris Godunov which was broadcast live on British television, the first-ever live telecast of an opera from the Soviet Union to the U.K. His productions include Capriccio (1993) and Boris Godonov (1992) for San Francisco Opera; Boris Godonov for the Vienna Staatsoper; Der Fliegende Holländer, Daphne, Capriccio, Semele, and Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci for the New York City Opera; Il Trovatore, Vanessa, and L’Elisir d’Amore for Washington and Philadelphia Opera; Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore, L’Elisir d’Amore, Don Pasquale, and Falstaff for Los Angeles Opera; Le Nozze di Figaro and La Bohème for Lyric Opera of Chicago; Le Nozze di Figaro, Cavallaria Rusticana and Pagliacci, La Clemenza di Tito, Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, and Boris Godonov for the Dallas Opera; Scarlatti’s Griselda for the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin; Boris Godonov and Un Ballo in Maschera for La Fenice in Venice; Orfeo, Tancredi, and a double bill of Iolanta and Francesca da Rimini for the Theater an der Wien. He received great critical acclaim for his production of Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera. Current and future engagements include Le Nozze di Figaro for Palm Beach Opera, Roméo et Juliette in Barcelona, Anna Bolena for Canadian Opera Company, and Káťa Kabanová for Scottish Opera.