Baritone & Director

Sir Thomas Allen

Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. He has sung over fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; in 2012 he celebrated his 40th anniversary of his debut with the company. An acclaimed recitalist, he is equally renowned on the concert platform and has appeared with the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He is Chancellor of Durham University. His many honours include the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger awarded by the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the New Year’s Honours of 1989 he was created a Commander of the British Empire and in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was made a Knight Bachelor. Among his proudest achievements is having a Channel Tunnel locomotive named after him; and most recently, being awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music 2013.

John Cox is recognised as one of the major opera directors.  He was Director of Productions for Glyndebourne, where he directed works by Mozart, Rossini and Haydn, a celebrated Rake’s Progress with David Hockney’s designs, and a notable group of Richard Strauss domestic comedies: Ariadne auf Naxos, Capriccio, Intermezzo, Die Schweigsame Frau, Der Rosenkavalier and Arabella. He was Artistic Director of Scottish Opera and Production Director for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.  His opera productions have been seen throughout Europe, North America and Australia.  In addition he has worked extensively in theatre, television, film and major festivals. Recent productions include Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera, Ariadne auf Naxos in Chicago and Cosi fan tutte in Dallas. He will return to the Garsington Opera in 2017 for Le nozze di Figaro, and in the 2018/19 season will revive Thaïs for the Metropolitan Opera and Cosi fan tutte for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Directors & Baritone/Bass-baritone

Dale Duesing

Dale Duesing began his musical studies in Milwaukee as a pianist. At Lawrence University in Wisconsin he switched from piano to voice and has subsequently pursued a major international vocal career. After a hugely successful career as a singer performing at the world’s great opera houses and with the world’s great orchestras and conductors he turned to directing. He made his directorial debut at Frankfurt Opera with Viaggio in Rheims to sensational critical acclaim and was nominated for Opernwelt’s best production and best director. He has also directed Medea for the Nationale Reisopera and The Rape of Lucretia and Les Contes d’Hoffmann also for Frankfurt Opera.

Martin Duncan was born in London and trained as a stage manager at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  He is equally at home in Opera and Theatre.  He was Artistic Director of the Nottingham Playhouse and Joint Artistic Director of the Chichester Festival Theatre.  He co-directed and co-wrote the scenario of the world première of The Nutcracker (Matthew Bourne/Opera North, Edinburgh International Festival) and was Associate Director on the Pet Shop Boys’ Performance Tour and has composed music for over 50 theatre productions. In 2012, Martin was an Artistic Adviser for the London Olympic Culture Festival. His many opera productions include the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Scottish Opera; English National Opera; the Glyndebourne Festival; the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the Berlin Deutsche Staatsoper


Nicholas Hytner

The internationally acclaimed director Sir Nicholas Hytner is equally at home in Theatre, Opera and Film. He started his career with Kent Opera where his productions included The Turn of the Screw, Marriage of Figaro, and King Priam. Subsequent productions include The King Goes Forth to France, The Knot Garden and Don Carlo for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Rienzi, La Forza del Destino, Xerxes (ENO); Giulio Cesare and The Cunning Little Vixen (Paris); Le Nozze di Figaro (Geneva); La Clemenza di Tito (Glyndebourne) and Don Giovanni (Munich). He was artistic director of London’s Royal National Theatre from 2003 to 2015 where he directed many award-winning productions. He was knighted in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to drama.

Jonathan Kent was the joint artistic director, with Ian McDiarmid, of the Almeida Theatre between 1990 – 2002. In addition to his successful theatre work Jonathan’s most recent opera engagements include Puccini Tosca and Manon Lescaut for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Janáček Katya Kabanova, Adès The Tempest, Mozart Le nozze di Figaro and Moravec The Letter for Santa Fe Opera; Strauss Elektra and Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten for the Mariinsky Theatre; Tippett A Child of our Time and Wagner The Flying Dutchman for English National Opera; Mozart  Don Giovanni, Britten The Turn of the Screw and Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; The Fairie Queen for Glyndebourne, Opéra Comique and at BAM; and The Flying Dutchman for the Royal Danish Opera.

He was made a CBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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. He made his début 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 UK. He has directed throughout the world including The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Vienna State Opera; La Fenice, Venice; the Berlin Staatsoper; The Metropolitan Opera, New York; Chicago Lyric Opera; New York City Opera, Los Angeles; San Francisco; Washington; Beijing; Seoul and the Hong Kong and New Zealand Festivals

Adrian Noble was the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990 to 2003. In addition to his theatre work, Adrian has also directed several successful London West End musicals including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Secret Garden.

His most recent opera productions include a new production of Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel for the Wiener Staatsoper, Mozart Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni for Opéra de Lyon, Verdi Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera,New York Bizet Carmen for the Opéra Comique, Paris Handel Alcina at the Wiener Staastoper, Handel Xerxes for the Theater an der Wien, Verdi Simon Boccanegra for Opera di Roma and Verdi Don Carlos for the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia.

Future opera engagements include a new production of Verdi Otello for the Wiener Staatsoper.