"A very serious attempt to conquer the comic opera genre." 

- The Wee Review,

The Perfect Opera

I have loved theatre and opera since I was a child, and started directing as soon as I had the chance, working on classic, new, and filmed operas, Shakespeare, new plays, drag fusion shows, sketch, improv, and standup comedy, and cabarets written by victims of the Holocaust.


I’ve had the pleasure of working on productions at the Bloomsbury Theatre, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Grimeborn, as well as training at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. My work has been nominated for an Offie Award and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.

I always struggle to define my ‘style’ - I approach each piece differently, drawing on influences from my research into the history of opera and through-sung drama, my work in comedy and theatre, and my own musical experiences. I’m always particularly interested in directing contemporary work, Mozart, and comedy. But the subtext to this question is always ‘do you do, y’know, those weird productions?’


To which I have to answer ‘sometimes’. I always want the work to work for my audience today, not the composer’s centuries ago. Sometimes that does mean modernising and reworking a well-known piece, or doing abstract, conceptual work that will move them, even if they don’t understand why. But it can also mean doing a period production on a tight budget, or a slapstick comedy about a camel.


Every opera’s different, so my work’s always going to be different. Take a look at the productions below, and see what you think.

"Punchy, effective staging" 

- Opera Magazine,

The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken

"Fresh... unlocked the mysteries"

- The Guardian,

The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken

“Extraordinarily well done”

- Saarbrücker Zeitung,

At The Break Of Dawn

“A privilege to behold”

- Savage Magazine,

Theatre In The Theresienstadt Ghetto


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We Sing, I Sang (2020)
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Macbeth (Postponed)


We Sing, I Sang (2019)
Don Jo!
Man and God
Antony and Cleopatra
The Perfect Opera (2019)
The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken (2019)


The Perfect Opera (2018)
The Left Fang
A War Game
Virtually Opera: Series 2


Schiller: The Operas
A Speaks
Gazing In, Gazing Out
Virtually Opera, Series 1
Lieder, Leaders, and Lovers


The Common Crown


The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken (2016)
The Fairy Queen
Theatre in the Theresienstadt Ghetto
At the Break of Dawn
Student Comedy 2012-2015
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