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James Bonas

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Hats off to James Bonas for the flair and energy of his staging, which radiated visual imagination.

Andrew Clark, Opera, April 2019

After studying psychology and philosophy in Oxford and performing as a classical pianist, James Bonas trained as an actor (RADA London) before developing a career as a director with a broad interest, ranging from classical theatre and contemporary opera to innovation in the use of video design and animation.

Highlights of 2018-19 include a new production of Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole for Opéra de Lyon featuring projections by animator Grégoire Pont and Chabrier’s L’étoile with Lisbon’s Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos.

Recent work includes a staging of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale for the BBC Proms at the Drill Hall, Lincoln, Hänsel & Gretel for Bergen National Opera, an outreach production of Westside Story for Future Stages in collaboration with RNCM, The Tempest for RADA and a new production of Ravel’s L'Enfant et les sortilèges for the Opéra National de Lyon, in an innovative production conceived around the projections of aforementioned animator Grégoire Pont.

The Crucible: Scottish Ballet, Edinburgh International Festival 2019

Chabrier: L'étoile, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, Lisbon 2019

Puccini: Gianni Schichi, Royal Conservatory of Scotland, Glasgow 2019

Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow 2019

Ravel: L'Heure espagnole, Opéra National de Lyon, 2018

Stravinsky: A Soldier's Tale, BBC Proms, 2018

Bernstein: West Side Story, Royal Northern College of Music, 2018

Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, 2017

Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel, Bergen National Opera, 2017

Shakespeare: The Tempest, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, 2017

Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, Opéra de Lyon, 2016

Händel: Ariodante, London Handel Festival, Royal College of Music, 2016

Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann, English Touring Opera, 2015

Handel: Giove in Argo, London Handel Festival, 2015

Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, Royal College of Music, 2014

Swale: Bluestockings, Babcock Theatre Utah, 2014

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Mikado, Co-Opera Company, 2013

Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel, Co-Opera Company, 2012

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