Graham Vick


Artistic director of Birmingham Opera Company, the British director has repeatedly undertaken pioneering work there that has consistently attracted extraordinary international attention. New productions directed by Vick this season include Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Royal Danish Opera), Death in Venice (Deutsche Oper Berlin), and Idomeneo (Göteborg Opera). His career has encompassed productions of Wagner works at the Royal Opera House, Chausson in Paris, Verdi at La Scala and Vienna, Mozart at the Salzburg Festival, Monteverdi in Bologna, Schoenberg and Shostakovich at the Metropolitan Opera, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev at the Mariinsky Theatre, zarzuela repertoire in Madrid, and Rossini in Pesaro. In addition to major stage works of Ravi Shankar, Jonathan Dove, and Karlheinz Stockhausen in Birmingham, Vick’s collaborations with living composers include operas by Luciano Berio (Un re in ascolto, London, Paris, Chicago; Outis, La Scala), Stephen Oliver (Timon Of Athens, English National Opera), and most recently Georg Friedrich Haas (Morgen und Abend, Royal Opera House). A past winner of the Italian music critics’ Abbiati Prize (six times), Britain’s South Bank Show Award for Opera (twice), and Spain’s Campoamor Prize, Vick is also a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s 2009 Birthday Honours List.

Previously at Lyric: Lucia di Lammermoor (2016|17); The Queen of Spades (2000|01); Un re in ascolto (1997|98); The Rake’s Progress (1994|95).

Last updated: October 15, 2016
Photo: Hugo Glendinning