(b Kingston‐on‐Thames, 1957).
Eng. opera director. Studied Eng. and drama at Birmingham Univ. (1977–80). Began as staff prod. for Opera 80, Glyndebourne, and WNO in the 1980s. Prin. assoc. dir. of Glyndebourne Fest. and dir. of prods. GTO 1990–9 (incl. the Brit. première (1993) of Siegfried Matthus's Cornet Rilke's Songs of Love and Death). Art. dir. Opera Zuid, Netherlands, 1990–8 and of Buxton Festival 2000–6; gen. dir. NZ Opera from 2006. Has prod. operas for all the major Brit. companies and throughout Eur. Dir. Brit. première of Delius's The Magic Fountain, Scottish Opera 1999. Salzburg début 2005 (The Turn of the Screw). In Brazil, prod. the country's first Wagner Ring, at Teatro Amazonas, Manaus, 2005.