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 Godunov (1992) for San Francisco Opera; Boris Godunov for the Vienna State Opera; Der Fliegende Holländer, Daphne, Capriccio, Semele, and Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci for the New York City Opera; Il Trovatore, Vanessa, and L’Elisir d’Amore for Washington National 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, Cavalleria Rusticana /Pagliacci, La Clemenza di Tito, Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, and Boris Godunov for the Dallas Opera; Scarlatti’s Griselda for the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin; Boris Godunov 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 critical acclaim for his directing of Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera. Future engagements include Le Nozze di Figaro for San Diego Opera, Káťa Kabanová for Scottish Opera, and Così fan tutte for Essen’s Aalto-Musiktheater.