Ben Davis


The British director began his career as a staff director at Welsh National Opera from 2001 to 2011. Among his productions are Il trittico (Opera Zuid in the Netherlands), Così fan tutte (WNO), La rondine and Sir John in Love (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), and Sir George Benjamin’s Written on Skin (two European tours with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, also Beijing Music Festival). He has directed revivals of Ariodante (Dutch National Opera, Canadian Opera Company), Gianni Schicchi (London’s Royal Opera), Khovanshchina, Wozzeck, Tosca, The Magic Flute (WNO), Hansel and Gretel (WNO, Portland Opera, Bavarian State Opera), The Queen of Spades (WNO, Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera), and Carmen (Scottish Opera). He was associate director for Luigi Nono’s Al gran sole carico d’amore (Salzburg Festival) and the world premieres of Written On Skin (Aix-en-Provence Festival) and Manfred Trojahn’s Orest (DNO). Davis is a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Opera and Drama at Cardiff University.

Previously at Lyric: The Queen of Spades (2019|20); Ariodante (Revival director, 2018|19).

Last updated: February 14, 2020