Oliver Mears

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Director

Awards

2012 Winner of The Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Opera Production

Nominations
2013 Nominated for Best Newcomer Award (Conductor or Director) International Opera Awards

2012 Nominated for the Achievement in Opera category for his inspiring leadership of Northern Ireland Opera, TMA Awards  


Oliver is Director of Opera at The Royal Opera House. Previous to this Oliver Mears was Founding Artistic Director of Northern Ireland Opera from 2010 - 2017. Oliver studied at Lincoln College, Oxford University to gain a Double First class BA Degree in English and History. 


What we can’t do as an artistic organisation is take these great, complex, pulsating masterpieces literally or at face value. Our job is to do something more than that – to dig deep and come up with work that generates an emotional reaction.
— Oliver Mears in interview with Stephen Moss for The Guardian
Don Giovanni - Northern Ireland Opera
In his final production before taking over as director of opera at the Royal Opera House, Mears cuts loose with characteristic brio on a stylish, swaggering production of Don Giovanni. Without pausing to ponder its contested definition as tragedy or comedy, Mears has opted for both.
— ★★★★ The Stage
Salome - Northern Ireland Opera
Stylishly led by Oliver Mears and generously cushioned by the Arts Council, Northern Ireland Opera has built a considerable reputation in recent years for sparky, edgy work that engages with native musicians and creates a bit of a splash.
— ★★★★ The Telegraph

Gallery

2018

Production

Company

Eugene Onegin Scottish Opera, Set & Costume Des. Annemarie Woods, Lighting Des. Fabiana Piccioli, Chor. Ashley Page
L'elisir d'amore Oslo Opera House, Set Des. Annemarie Woods

2017

Production

Company

Aida Theatre Magdeburg (Germany), Chor. Lucy Burge
Noye's Fludde Nevill Holt Opera
Tosca Nevill Holt Opera

2016

Production

Company

Rigoletto Nevill Holt Opera
L'Elisir d'Amore (from Northern Ireland Opera) Nevilla Holt Opera, Des. Annemarie Woods
Don Giovanni Northern Ireland Opera
Macbeth Welsh National Opera, Des. Annemarie Woods
Turn of the Screw (Revival) Northern Ireland Opera, Des. Annemarie Woods

2015

Production

Company

Don Giovanni Bergen Nasjonale Opera (Norway), Des. Annemarie Woods
Salome Northern Ireland Opera, Des. Annemarie Woods
Agrippina Irish Youth Opera in co-prod. with Northern Ireland Opera, Des. Annemarie Woods

2014

Production

Company

Turn of the Screw The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre (Moscow), Des. Annemarie Woods
The Magic Flute Northern Ireland Opera, Des. Simon Holdsworth
Macbeth Northern Ireland Opera, Des. Annemarie Woods