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Colin Graham

(1931—2007) opera director and librettist


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(b Hove, 1931; d St Louis, Miss., 2007). Eng. stage director, designer, and opera producer. Studied RADA 1951–2 and worked for several years as stage man. Début as prod. Aldeburgh 1958 (Noye's Fludde). Art. dir. EMT 1976–9; dir. of prods., EOG 1961–75; assoc. dir. of prod. SW/ENO 1967–75 (début 1961, The Cunning Little Vixen), orch. 1976–82, art. dir., Aldeburgh Fest. 1968–1989. Close assoc. with operas of Britten, notably the premières of the 3 church parables 1964–8, Owen Wingrave (stage première, CG, 1973), and Death in Venice (Snape 1976). Opera prods. for Glyndebourne (début 1970, The Rising of the Moon), CG (début 1961, Gluck's Orpheus), Scottish Opera (1968 at Edinburgh Fest., Peter Grimes), NY Met (1974, Death in Venice). Prod. f.ps. of Josephs's Rebecca(Leeds [Opera North] 1983) and Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles (NY Met 1991). Art. dir., Opera Theater of St Louis from 1978. OBE 2002.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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