Leo Doulton is a mixed-race (British Pakistani/White British) 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 at the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, Grimeborn Festival and Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, in addition to performances in the Canada, the USA, and Germany.
He has previously directed operas including Come Bargain With Uncanny Things (2021, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival), a new interactive opera, Don Jo!, a cabaret 'cover version' of Mozart's Don Giovanni (2019, Grimeborn Festival), and Kurt Weill's The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken (2016 and 2019, Bloomsbury Theatre). He is Artistic Director of Virtually Opera, experimenting with fusion opera since 2016. 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 Shakespeare's Macbeth (2020-2021) and Anthony and Cleopatra (2019) for the York Shakespeare Project, and cabarets written by inmates of the Theresienstadt concentration camp. 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 Come Bargain With Uncanny Things (2021), We Sing/I Sang (2020), The Perfect Opera (2018), and The Left Fang (2017). He also adapted Pagliacci for the Royal Opera House's Opera Dots series. 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 The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken for its Scottish premiere at Scottish Opera.
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.