Lee Blakeley first worked at Lyric as dramaturg of Billy Budd (2001|02). In addition to The King and I, the British director’s association with Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet most recently includes his critically acclaimed Kiss Me Kate, along with French premieres of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd (revived in Houston and San Francisco), A Little Night Music, and Sunday in the Park with George. In North America he has directed at the major companies of Los Angeles (Madame Butterfly, Falstaff), St. Louis (Riccardo Primo), Santa Fe (Rigoletto, Madame Butterfly, The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, The Pearl Fishers, Minnesota (Orfeo ed Euridice) For Scottish Opera productions include The Love for Three Oranges, A Night at the Chinese Opera, and Die Fledermaus. Blakeley directed Tobias Picker's Thérèse Raquin (British premiere) at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre. He scored a great success in Manchester and Off Broadway with the new musical Pat Kirkwood is Angry. He has created productions for Vlaamse Opera, Wexford Festival, Grand Théâtre Luxembourg, Macedonian National Opera, English National Opera, and Angers Nantes Opera. In 2007 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship.
Previously at Lyric: Director/The King and I (2015|16); Dramaturg/Billy Budd (2001|02)
Last updated: April 29, 2016