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Jones, Richard (English director)

Barry Millington

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.O005629

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(b London, June 7, 1953). English director. After studying at the universities of Hull and London, he directed for the fringe theatre. The award of an Arts Council bursary in 1982 led to work with Scottish Opera. He began to make his reputation with Mignon at Wexford (1986), Carmen for Opera North (1987) and Così for Scottish Opera (1988). With his inaugural staging of Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera (Kent Opera, 1987), and his riotously amusing Love for Three Oranges (Opera North, 1988) featuring Dadaesque eccentrics and pantomime grotesques, he established himself as one of the most resourceful directors of his generation. A promising Ring cycle he initiated for Scottish Opera, with an irreverent, anarchic Rheingold of remarkable perception (the gods’ ascent to power represented by a building-block staircase leading nowhere) and a vibrant, colourful Walküre, was subsequently abandoned....

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