Ensemble, Guests, Opera Studio & Teams

Keith Warner

Director

Keith Warner
© Bregenzer Festspiele / Monika Forster

Keith Warner is one of the leading British drama and operatic directors in the world. He was Co-Director of English National Opera in London and Scottish Opera and Artistic Director of Opera Omaha in Nebraska and the Royal Opera in Copenhagen. Keith Warner returns to Frankfurt this season, where his many productions have included Peter GrimesHänsel und Gretel, this production of La Cenerentola, the first performances in Germany of Adès' The Tempest, Dallapiccola's Volo di notte / Il prigioniero, Reimann's Lear, Bloch's Macbeth and Britten's Death in Venice, for a new Weill Der Zar lässt sich fotografieren / The Tsar has his photograph taken  Orff Die Kluge / The Wise Woman double bill. He also enjoys close links to the Theater an der Wien, where productions have included  Handel's Giulio Cesare, Bloch's MacbethDon Giovanni, Schulhoff's Flammen / Flames, Haydn's Orlando Paladino, Janácek's Katja Kabanová, Gottfried von Einem's Der Besuch der alten Dame / An old Lady comes to Visit, Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, Weill's Threepenny Opera and the world premiere of Christian Jost's Egmont.  He directs a new Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Vienna State Opera in December 2022 and broughtJenůfa and Reimann's Traumspiel  / Dream Play to the stage at Den Norsk Opera and  Oper Halle this season. Other outstanding stagings during his long and successful career have included the world premiere of John Casken's God’s Liar in London, the first production in America of his Golem, Sondheim's Pacific Overtures at ENO, Lohengrin in Bayreuth, The Turn of the Screw in Brussels, two Ring cycles in Tokyo and London (Covent Garden), the world premiere of André Tchaikovsky's Der Kaufmann von Venedig/The Merchant of Venice and Andrea Chénier at the Bregenz Festival and Otello at Covent Garden.  Keith Warner works regularly at the Theater an der Wien, where he has directed many successful productions and will stage G. v. Einem's Der Besuch der alten Dame / The Visit by an Old Lady, and the Semperoper in Dresden, where productions have included The Great Gatsby and La forza del destino. He has also directed Pelléas et Melisande in Copenhagen and Elektra at the State Opera in Prague. He directed Barber's Vanessa at the 2018 Glyndebourne Festival, is currently working on a new production of Elektra at the Staatstheater in Karlsruhe and future plans include Shakespeare's King Lear. His 2003 production of Wozzeck at Covent Garden won an Olivier Award. Keith Warner has written four librettos for operas composed by David Blake.