It’s a tribute to Bonas’ direction that all these influences come together so brilliantly and subversively: a multi-layered drama of identity and obsession disguised as terrific fun… This production is exuberant with its ideas, frequently magical to look at, and deeply rooted both in the imaginative world of the real Hoffmann and Offenbach’s glittering, endlessly inventive score.
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.
Current projects include a new production of Hänsel & Gretel for Bergen National Opera and an outreach production of Westside Story for Future Stages, to be seen in London, Manchester and Glasgow. Recent projects includes The Tempest for RADA, as well as a new production of Ravel’s L'Enfant et les sortilèges for the Opéra National de Lyon, in an innovative production conceived around animator Grégoire Pont’s projections. Other recent works include a critically-acclaimed The Tales of Hoffmann for English Touring Opera and Ariodante for the London Handel Festival.