Leo Doulton is a director and writer, mainly working in opera and comedy. He studied History at UCL, and Opera Making at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His work has been performed in the U.K., Canada, the USA, and Germany.
He has previously directed the operas The Perfect Opera (2018), The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken (2016) and The Fairy Queen (2015), and is Artistic Director of Virtually Opera, experimenting with cinematically-filmed opera since 2016 across two series. He also directed the staged concerts Schiller: The Operas (2017), Gazing in, Gazing Out (2017) and Lieder, Leaders, & Lovers (2017).
Outside of opera, he has particularly enjoyed directing the clown play A Speaks (2017), Empty (2017), and cabarets written by inmates of the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Theatre in the Theresienstadt Ghetto (2015). In 2015 At the Break of Dawn, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Charley Ipsen, was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.
He also works as a writer and librettist. His operas include The Perfect Opera (2018), The Left Fang (2017), Still Magic, Still Tragic (2017), and The Hummingbird (2017). His other writing includes A War Game (2017) and the clown play A Speaks, which was part of the Hotbed Festival at Camden People’s Theatre. He also works as a translator, most recently translating Olafsson’s Baldusbra for its English-language premiere.
His research interests include international through-sung drama and cinematically-filmed opera. He also frequently works with academic composers to create pieces relating to their research interests.