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John Fulljames

John Fulljames



John is currently Director of Opera at The Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen. John was Associate Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2011 - 2017 and Co-founder and Artistic Director of The Opera Group.


Street Scene Teatro Real, Madrid
Ger Mania Opéra National de Lyon
The Return of Ulysses The Roundhouse, London
Orphee et Euridice

Teatro alla Scala, Italy

Set & Costume Designer: Conor Murphy


Opera Orchestre National Montpellier, France

Costume Designer: Christinna Cunningham

Snow Maiden

Opera North

Cos. Designer: Christina Cunningham

Quartett Spoletto Festival, USA

Benjamin Derniere Nuit

by Michel Tabachnik

Libretto Regis Debray

World Premiere - Opera de Lyon

Cos. Design: Christina Cunningham

Faust by Gounod Theater Dortmund
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Cosi fan Tutte Garsington Opera
Orphee et Euridice

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Designer. Conor  Murphy

(Co-Dir. with Hofesh Shechter)

Juliette Theatre Bremen, Germany


by Luca Francesconi

Linbury, Royal Opera, Covent Garden (co-production Rouen)
La Clémence de Titus Opera National de Lorraine, Nancy

Opera National de Lorraine, Nancy (co-production Montpelier 2017)

Design: Conor Murphy

Street Scene Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

American Lulu

by Olga Neuwirth

The Opera Group, Bregenzer Festspiele, Scottish Opera and The Young Vic

Firework Makers Daughter

by David Bruce

The Opera Group, Opera North, Linbury and Watford Palace Theatre
Street Scene Le Chatelet, Paris
La Donna del Lago Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
La Clemenza di Tito Opera North
Design: Conor Murphy

Babur in London

by Edward Rushton
The Opera Group; Anvil Arts, Basingstoke and Opera North
Where the Wild Things Are Theater Bremen
Maestro Series BBC

Von Heute auf Morgen (Schoenberg) and Sancta Susanna

Opera de Lyon
Design: Johan Engels
played alongside Il trittico Dir. David Pountney
Street Scene Young Vic
From the House of the Dead Opera North
Seven Angels World Premiere
by Luke Bedford
The Opera Group with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Das Portrait Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern
The Lion's Face
by Elena Langer
The Opera Group
Design: Alex Lowde
Das Portrait
by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Bregenz Festival
The Adventues of Mr Broucek Co-Production Opera North & Scottish Opera
Design: Alex Lowde
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter
The Knight's Crew World Premiere
by Julian Philips
Glyndebourne Education
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
by Julian Philips
The Opera Group
Street Scene
Buxton Festival, The Young Vic and The Opera Group
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.

Wexford Festival Opera
Mavra & Gianni Schicci Greek National Opera
Nabucco Opera Holland Park

The Shops

by Edward Rushton

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

by Jonathan Dove

The Young Vic / The Opera Group and tour


Tobias and the Angel
by Jonathan Dove

The Young Vic
Opening show of the newly refurbished theatre

Blond Eckbert
New Chamber version
by Judith Weir

The Opera Group /Linbury Theatre and tour

Gentle Giant
by Stephen McNeff

Royal Opera House Education
Des. Alex Lowde

The Nose

The Opera Group / Linbury Theatre and tour

Enchanted Pig
by Jonathan Dove

The Young Vic
World Premiere


Hansel and Gretel

Opera North, semi-staged

by Handel

Opera North, semi-staged

by Carlisle Floyd

Wexford Festival Opera
Des. Conor Murphy

Winner of the Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Opera Production 2006

The Birds
after Aristophanes

by Ed Hughes

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


National Opera Studio, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Designer: Conor Murphy

Essential Scottish Opera

Dundee Rep and tour


Tobias and the Angel
by Jonathan Dove

English Touring Opera and The Young Vic
On tour during refurbishment of Young Vic Theatre
Des. Alex Lowde

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

Royal Opera House
Revival of Production by Christof Loy

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

by James MacMillan

Britten Sinfonia - World Premiere


The Martyrdom of Saint Magnus
by Peter Maxwell Davies

The Opera Group - UK Tour

Boys and Girls Come Out to Play
by Robin Holloway

The Opera Group, Sadlers Wells - World Premiere

Erwin und Elmire

Goethe Centenary Festival


Die Feuersbrunst

Cambridge Haydn Festival


by Alexander Goehr

The Opera Group

The Bear

Edinburgh Festival

L'Elisir d'Amore

Cambridge Arts Theatre



The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (ROH)

This is certainly one of the Royal Opera's more effective shows of recent memory. Sunday Times

The production is stunning.

The Observer

It's a work that's never been more topical and John Fulljames' production skillfully points up contemporary resonances.
The Standard


La Donna del Lago (ROH)
John Fulljames's production opens with the stunning spectacle of the Lady of the Lake displayed in a glass cabinet. It's a witty visualisation of the 19th century's antiquarian view of Scotland ... This isn't a sentimental view of the Highlands....there's a real theatrical intellignce at work.

The Standard

La clemenza di Tito (Opera North)

John Fulljames has staged a smart, slick updating of Mozart's royalist proaganda in eye-catching, minimalist sets and catwalk costumes.

The Sunday Times

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