Fiona Shaw was born in County Cork, Ireland and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is one of the most recognised and highly praised actors of her generation, known for her theatre work (Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, Euripides ‘Medea, Brecht’s Mother Courage and Treadwell’s Machinal) as well as her film and television work (notably, the Harry Potter series, Three Men and a Little Lady, True Blood, Mrs Wilson and Killing Eve).
In the 2018/19 season Fiona will direct a new production of Cendrillon for Glyndebourne, seen first on the 2018 Tour and then in the 2019 Festival.
Fiona has also directed Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera. Her production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia was originally produced for Glyndebourne on Tour and has since been seen at the Glyndebourne Festival and the Deutsche Oper, Berlin. Other recent directing engagements include Cherubini’s Medea for Wexford Festival Opera and a semi-staging of Berlioz’ L’enfance du Christ with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Robin Ticciati.
Engagements in the 2019/20 season include a revival of his production of La finta giardiniera with the Teatro alla Scala in Shanghai, a new production of Schubert’s Lazarus and his much-anticipated return to Glyndebourne Festival in a new production of Fidelio.
Previous engagements have included a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at Teatro alla Scala a revival of his production of La finta giardiniera (Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro alla Scala), a new production of Peter Grimes for Cologne Opera, a staging of Handel’s Messiah for concerts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Robin Ticciati and Ariadne auf Naxos in concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtale (Royal Opera, Bregenzer Festspiele, Buxton Festival) and Hans Krasa’s Brundibar (Mahogany and Jubilee Opera). Other productions include Britten’s Church Parables (Mahogany Opera in St Petersburg and UK tour), Handel’s Jephtha (Buxton Festival), Stravinsky’s Renard with Vladimir Jurowski (Konzerthaus Berlin), Julian Philips’ The Yellow Sofa (Glyndebourne on Tour) and Birtwistle’s Bow Down (The Opera Group). He has also directed for Scottish Opera, La Monnaie Brussels, Opera North and for the Ópera de Oviedo. With Mahogany Opera he has produced and directed Russian Tales: Stravinsky’s The Fox and Walton’s The Bear, Britten’s Curlew River and Berio’s Laborintus II. With Jubilee Opera he has directed Noye’s Fludde, Let’s Make an Opera, and and Hip Hip Horatio!
In addition to her highly-praised work in theatre, television and film, Deborah Warner has directed Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for the Royal Opera (at the Barbican – winner of the Evening Standard and South Bank Awards). She has directed Wozzeck and La Voix Humaine for Opera North and both Don Giovanni and Fidelio for Glyndebourne. For English National Opera she has directed Britten’s Death in Venice (also for La Monnaie and La Scala, Milan), Bach’s St. John Passion, Janacek’s Diary of one who Vanished, Handel’s Messiah (also for Opera National de Lyon) and Eugene Ongein. For the Vienna Festival she has directed Dido and Aeneas (also for the Opera Comique, Paris and for the Netherlands Opera) and La Traviata.
She opened the 2014/2015 season at La Scala with a new production of Fidelio, and in Spring 2015 directed Between Worlds, a world premiere by Tansy Davies for the ENO. In the 2016/2017 season, Deborah directed a new production of The Tempest at the Salzburg Festival, Billy Budd for the Teatro Real, Madrid and King Lear, starring Glenda Jackson, at the Old Vic. 2017/18 saw revivals of Deborah’s production of Billy Budd at Opera di Roma, and Fidelio at La Scala. Future productions include a revival of Billy Budd for the Royal Opera House and a new production of La Traviata for the Theatre Champs Elysees.