Director

Frederic Wake-Walker

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 with Lonely Child by Vivier and his much-anticipated return to Glyndebourne Festival in a new production of Fidelio.

Opera productions in 2018/19 include La Finta Giardiniera (La Scala), Peter Grimes (Oper Koeln), The Messiah (Berlin Philharmonie with Deutsche Symphonie Orchester), Ariadne auf Naxos (Cleveland Orchestra and La Scala) with conductors Franz Welser-Moest, Diego Fasolis, Robin Ticciati and Nicholas Collon. Other previous productions include Eugene Onegin (Opera National du Rhin), Le nozze di Figaro (La Scala), La Finta Giardiniera (Glyndebourne Festival and Tour), Renard with Vladimir Jurowski (Konzerthaus Berlin) and Jephtha (Buxton Festival).

He is Artistic Director of Mahogany Opera with whom he has created a number of new works – Folie a Deux by Emily Hall and Sjon (Borealis Festival, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Sakrum Profanum Krakow, Spitalfields Festival London), Lost in Thought by Rolf Hind (Barbican London, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg), Mozart vs Machine by Dominic Robertson (Folkestone Fringe, High Tide Festival Aldeburgh, Sound Festival Aberdeen), On What Weft was Woven the Waters by Rolf Hind (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) and The Mother by Laurence Osborn and Theo Merz (POSK London).

Previous projects with Mahogany of extant work include Gloria – A Pigtale by Gruber (Bregenz Festspiele, Linbury Studio ROH, Buxton Festival), The Church Parables by Britten (Hermitage St Petersburg, Aldeburgh Festival, Buxton Festival, City of London Festival), Bow Down by Birtwistle (Brighton Festival, Latitude Festival, Spitalfeilds Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Festival) and Laborintus II by Berio (LSO St Luke’s), The Fox and The Bear by Stravinsky and Walton (The Village Underground).

A major part of his work with Mahogany involves working with children. Frederic has recently created 10 new Snappy Operas (ten-minute operas for children aged 8-11) with composers including Errollyn Wallen, Philip Venables, Gwyneth Herbert, Kerry Andrew and Stephen Deazley. He has also directed UK tours of Brundibar by Hans Krasa and a new version of Rumplestiltskin called The Rattler.

He is also one of the team behind Mica Moca with whom he has curated and directed various large-scale multi-disciplinary performances such as Mica Moca – project Berlin 2011, Nature au Galop – Paris 2016, Tempelhofer Wald 2019 and worked with many artists including dancers Ahmed Soura, Minako Seki, Rosabel Huguet, video designer Sylwek Luszak and jazz musicians Sofia Jernberg, Johannes Lauer and Richard Koch.

Deborah Warner CBE is a world renowned British director of theatre and opera.

Her recent production of Britten’s Billy Budd has been seen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Teatro Real in Madrid and at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and is the winner of the 2020 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production and the 2019 Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Production.

In the 2020/21 season she directs a new production of Britten’s Peter Grimes for the Teatro Real in Madrid and stages his cantata Phaedra for the Royal Opera.

She has directed The Turn of the Screw for the Royal Opera at the Barbican, which won her anEvening Standard and South Bank Award. She has directed Fidelio for La Scala, Milan; Wozzeck and La Voix Humaine for Opera North and both Don Giovanni and Fidelio for the Glyndebourne Festival. For English National Opera she has directed 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 Opéra national de Lyon), Eugene Onegin and the world premiere of Tansey Davies’ Between Worlds. Her production of Dido and Aeneas has been seen at the Vienna Festival, the Opera Comique in Paris and at the Dutch National Opera and she has directed La traviata at both the Vienna Festival and for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.