John Fulljames


John Fulljames

John is Associate Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and former artistic director of The Opera Group.

The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Juliette Theater Bremen, Germany
Quartett Royal Opera House, London

La Clemence de Titus (revival)

Opera National de Lorraine, Nancy
Design: Conor Murphy

Nabucco Opera National de Lorraine, Nancy
Street Scene Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
American Lulu The Opera Group, Bregenzer Festspiele, Scottish Opera and The Young Vic
Firework Makers Daughter The Opera Group, Opera North, ROH2 and Watford Palace Theatre
Street Scene Le Chatelet, Paris
La Donna del Lago Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
'John Fulljames's production, sets by Dick Bird, opens with the stunning spectacle of the Lady of the Lake displayed in a glass cabinet, the object of scrutiny by a roomful of academians of Sir Walter Scott's own era. It's a witty visualisation of the 19th century's antiquarian view of Scotland and in the final scene it is not just Elena but also her lover and father who acquire the status of museum specimens. There were boos at the end, perhaps in response to the simulated rapes and corpses dangling on meathooks. This isn't a sentimental view of the Highlands but even if occasionally it's clumsily handed, there's a real theatrical intellignce at work.' The Standard
La Clemenza di Tito Opera North
Design: Conor Murphy
'But the supreme merit of John Fulljames's new production for Opera North, and of the dramatic performances given by his cast of six excellent singers, is to bring out the tense , heart -rending personal drama at the heart of the work.'....'Fulljames's staging and the committed performances of the three principles sustain the intensity of the drama.' The Independent, Anthony Arblaster
'For Opera North, Holten's RO deputy, John Fulljames, has staged a smart, slick updating of Mozart's royalist propaganda piece, La Clemenza di Tito, in eye-catching, minimalist sets and catwalk costumes by Conor Murphy, and wonderful kaleidoscopic, trompe-l'oeil video projections by Finn Ross.' Sunday Times, Hugh Canning
Babur in London The Opera Group; Anvil Arts, Basingstoke and Opera North
Where the Wild Things Are Theater Bremen
Maestro Series BBC

Von Heute auf Morgen (Schoenberg)

Sancta Susanna

played as part of Il Trittico with David Pountney

Opera de Lyon
Design: Johan Engels
'John Fulljames is the real discovery of this journey after Lyon: the Assistant Director of the London Covent Garden Opera emerges with "Von Heute auf Morgen" as an excellent theatre craftsman.' Die Presse
Street Scene Young Vic
From the House of the Dead Opera North
'From the House of the Dead is an uplifting and profoundly moving masterpiece' Hugh Canning, Sunday Times
'John Fulljames's new production doesn't sentimentalise or glamorise Janecek's intentionally tough final masterpiece' The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen
Seven Angels
By Luke Bedford
Libretto Glyn Maxwell

The Opera Group with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
World Premiere
Das Portrait Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern
The Lion's Face
by Elena Langer
The Opera Group
Design: Alex Lowde
The Portrait
By Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Bregenz Festival
The Adventues of Mr Broucek Co-Production Opera North & Scottish Opera
Design: Alex Lowde
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter
'Janacek's The Adventures of Mr Broucek is given a witty and perceptive updating in John Fulljames's Opera North and Scottish Opera co-production. The year is 1968, when Russia sent tortoises into space and tanks into Prague.' Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday
'Fulljames can't disguise the opera's fitful humour, nor can the conductor , Martin Andre, gloss over the score's occasional longeur, but they make the strongest possible case for Broucek's revival.' Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times
The Knight's Crew
By Composer Julian Philips
Glyndebourne Education, World Premiere
Featured in three 1 hour television programmes for BBC2
with Gareth Malone, Chorus Master


The Enchanted Pig
by Jonathan Dove
The Opera Group, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Under the Greenwood Tree
by Harrison Birtwistle
The Opera Group
Into the Little Hill
by George Benjamin
The Opera Group
The Adventures of Mr. Broucek Co-Production Opera North & Scottish Opera
Design: Alex Lowde
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter


Gianni Schicci/Florentine Tragedy Greek National Opera
Varjak Paw
Music by Julian Philips
The Opera Group
Street Scene
by Kurt Weill
Buxton Festival, The Young Vic and The Opera Group
Evening Standard, The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical 2008 goes to Street Scene, The Opera Group, Directed by John Fulljames
'But it's hard to fault The Opera Group's terrific staging, energetically directed by John Fulljames...'
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
'But still his production grips, as it gives full throttle to the passion, sorrow and humour in the piece....Fulljames and his cast draw out its surging theatricality.'
Sarah Hemming, Financial Times
Paradise Moscow Royal Academy of Music
Romeo et Juliette Opera North

Best Opera Award 2008 at the TMA Awards goes to Opera North for their Shakespeare Season 2008; 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' 'Romeo et Juliette' and ' Macbeth' Designed by Johan Engels; 'Romeo et Juliette' Directed by John Fulljames

Wexford Festival Opera


Mavra & Gianni Schicci Greek National Opera
Nabucco Opera Holland Park
"The force of that opening chorus, and the physical power of the stage blockings, made for an arresting start to director John Fulljames high-octane production"
Edward Seckerson, The Independent
"John Fulljames's audacious staging of Nabucco, also designed by Yannis Thavoris and Giuseppe di Iorio, is unlikely to please those who thought Richard Jones's Macbeth flippant. The overture's graveyard of battered suitcases is familiar enough. But just when you think you're in Lodz, along comes the Babylon Circus Troupe , with a bunch of vicious, combat-ready clowns, and Nabucco (David Wakeman) dressed in a lion suit, on a push-along scooter. Much as many assimilated European Jews dismissed Hitler's torchlit rallies as cheap showmanship, one's first impulse is to laugh. But absurdist as Fulljames's imagery is, the sight of these clowns bullying the terrified Hebrew slaves into a cage is more unsettling than the Holocaust imagery that has been cheapened inprevious productions of this and other works."
Anna Picard, The Sunday Independent
The Shops

The Opera Group
Bregenz Festival
And then on UK Tour.

Le Nozze di Figaro Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Designer: Conor Murphy
The Enchanted Pig

The Young Vic. The Opera Group.
On tour.
Composed by Jonathan Dove, Written by Alasdair Middleton

'John Fulljames' excellent production has mischievous humour and visual beauty... you have a show whose sense of fun, range and imaginative coherence puts the RSC's new 'Merry Wives - The Musical' to shame.' Paul Taylor, The Independent.


Tobias and the Angel
Jonathan Dove & David Lan

The Young Vic
Opening show of the newly refurbished theatre

'One of the best evenings I've had in a theatre...I was captivated... It was a paradigm of everything a sharp, intelligent, imaginative, heartfelt and (that rare thing) competent community arts venture ought to be.' Michael White, Opera Now

Blond Eckbert
New Chamber version

The Opera Group - opening in the LinburyTheatre, Royal Opera House
and then on tour

'...the piece sparkles with a magical, luminous charm.' Tom Service, The Guardian, 16 June 2006

Gentle Giant

Royal Opera House Education
Composer Stephen McNeff

The Nose

The Opera Group
Opening at The Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House and then on tour

Enchanted Pig
Jonathan Dove & Alistair Middleton

The Young Vic
World Premiere


Hansel and Gretel

Opera North, semi-staged

'..witty and contemporary direction... ingenious...' The Independent, 28 December 05


Opera North, semi-staged


Wexford Festival Opera
Set & Costume Designer: Conor Murphy

Winner of the Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Opera Production 2006

The Birds
after Aristophanes

The Opera Group, accompanied by vocal ensemble I Fagiolini, City of London Festival and Cheltenham Festival
Music by Ed Hughes


National Opera Studio, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Designer: Conor Murphy

Essential Scottish Opera

Dundee Rep and then on tour


Tobias and the Angel
by Jonathan Dove

English Touring Opera and The Young Vic
On tour during refurbishment of Young Vic Theatre

Trojan Trilogy
by Edward Rushton

The Opera Group, Royal Opera House and Cheltenham Festival
World Premiere

Winner of 'The Best Opera' Award at the British Composer Awards.

Bake for One Hour
By David Knotts

English National Opera - World Premiere

The Little Magic Flute

Opera North

Ariadne auf Naxos
Revival of Production by Christof Loy

Royal Opera House

Trouble in Tahiti
Mahagonny Songspiel

The Opera Group, Buxton Festival



The Opera Group, Buxton Festival

Girl of Sand
Elena Langer

Almeida Opera - World Premiere


The Opera Group

The Little Magic Flute
After Mozart - script and edition of new reduction

Opera North


Die Walküre
Revival of Moshe Leise and Patrice Caurier production


Revival of Moshe Leise and Patrice Caurier production


Der Kaiser von Atlantis

Opera Theatre Company, Dublin

Winner of 'Best Opera Production' at the Irish Theatre Awards.

The Young Man with the Carnation
By Edward Rushton

Almeida Opera and Buxton Festival - World Premiere


The Threepenny Opera

The Opera Group - UK Tour

Bluebeard's Castle

The Opera Group

Revival of Moshe Leise and Patrice Caurier production



The Nose

Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Buxton Festival, The Opera Group

Die Walküre,
Revival of Moshe Leise and Patrice Caurier production


James MacMillan

Britten Sinfonia - World Premiere


The Martyrdom of Saint Magnus
Peter Maxwell Davies

The Opera Group - UK Tour

Boys and Girls Come Out to Play
Robin Holloway

The Opera Group, Sadlers Wells - World Premiere

Erwin und Elmire

Goethe Centenary Festival


Die Feuersbrunst

Cambridge Haydn Festival


Alexander Goehr

The Opera Group

The Bear

Edinburgh Festival

L'Elisir d'Amore

Cambridge Arts Theatre

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