Ian Burton


Ian Burton has worked with director Robert Carsen since 1987. Among their collaborations have been Orfeo ed Euridice (2005|06) and Iphigénie en Tauride (2006|07). Burton, who has published eight volumes of poetry, has had articles published by many opera houses, including the Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Flemish Opera, Cologne Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Opéra National de Paris. He has written many libretti, including – with Strasbourg composer Boris BoulangerHaas – works based on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and Dostoevsky’s White Nights, as well as Richard III (Antwerp), Citoyen de Genéve (Geneva), The Duchess of Malfi (English National Opera), Pop’pea (Paris’s Châtelet), and CO2 (La Scala). Burton’s work as a director includes the prize for best production of the year given by the Province of Antwerp for three one-act works by Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight Songs for a Mad King, Vesalii Icones, and Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot.

Lyric debut: My Fair Lady (2016|17)

Last updated: April 28, 2017