biography 

 

 

John Lloyd Davies has worked throughout the UK, Europe and the US as director, designer and lighting designer of over a hundred productions of both opera and theatre, including directing The Rape of Lucretia and Il re pastore for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and the world premiere of Bonnie Greer and Errollyn Wallen's 'Yes' for ROH2; Ariadne auf Naxos and Salome (Dallas Opera), Der Rosenkavalier (Dortmund), and Maria de Buenos Aires for Long Beach Opera in Los Angeles.

He has also followed a parallel career as writer and dramaturg, including working for David Pountney on The Midsummer Marriage at English National Opera, and for Kasper Holten at the Royal Opera. As librettist and writer he has written the text of Elena Langer's opera Four Sisters (New York 2012, National Opera Studio London 2017), translations of Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle (Scottish Opera/ENO/BBCSO) and Tchaikovsky's The Enchantress, as well as a new stage adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover (Festspiele Reichenau 2017).

At the start of his career, he worked at English National Opera on over thirty productions, also directing revivals in Frankfurt, Glasgow and Rome. He made his European debut directing and designing Don Giovanni at the Vienna Kammeroper, followed by Die Zauberflöte and Rigoletto. He directed and designed Madama Butterfly in Dublin and Ludwigshafen, Wozzeck and Rimsky-Korsakov's Maynight in London and in 1991 directed, designed and lit his first play in Europe - Schnitzler's Sommerlüfte for Festspiele Reichenau near Vienna.

 Since then he has directed, designed & lit over a hundred productions, including Madama Butterfly at the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen, Un Ballo in Maschera and Die Zauberflöte (Klagenfurt), and Tosca (Malmö). Other work includes Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw (Aldeburgh), Cabaret (Graz), and Tchaikovsky's The Enchantress (Brighton Festival), as well as designing Racine's Phaedra (Vienna), Tales of Hoffmann (Nürnberg), Don Giovanni and Falstaff (Dortmund) and Der Talisman (Salzburg).

In Vienna he has become well-known as a specialist in contemporary opera, with the Austrian premieres of Britten's Death In Venice, Aribert Reimann's Das Schloß, The House of Usher (Philip Glass), Weiße Rose (Zimmermann) and Powder Her Face (Adès). He designed and lit the world premiere of John Casken's opera God's Liar at the Almeida, London, and La Monnaie, Brussels.

John Lloyd Davies has been awarded the Josef Kainz Medal, one of Austria's major theatre prizes, for opera and theatre work in Vienna. From 2005-2012 he was Head of Opera Development at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has recently directed and designed Harrison Birtwistle's Gawain and Yan Tan Tethera for the BBC at the Barbican, London, with a cast including Sir John Tomlinson. Recent work includes as dramaturg for Kasper Holten on Szymanowski's Król Roger at the Royal Opera House, and as Associate Director to Keith Warner on Die Dreigroschenoper at Vienna's Theater an der Wien. He has recently written and directed Lady Chatterley's Lover for Festspiele Reichenau and ORF TV, Austria.