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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.

Upcoming work includes Le Comte Ory for Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, a new opera titled The Silent City for Matera in Italy, the European Capital of Culture for 2019, Carl Orff’s Der Mond (featuring projections by animator Grégoire Pont) for L’opéra de Lyon and revival performances of L'enfant et les sortilèges with San Francisco Symphony, the Royal opera of Oman and Cincinnati Symphony.

Recent work includes a new narrative ballet of The Crucible for Scottish Ballet in collaboration with choreographer Helen Pickett at the Edinburgh International Festival 2019, Chabrier’s L’Étoile for Lisbon’s Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Into the Woods and The Tempest for RADA, Gianni Schicchi and Les Mamelles de Tiresias for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale for the BBC Proms, Hänsel & Gretel for Bergen National Opera, Westside Story for Future Stages with RNCM, Ravel’s L'enfant et les Sortilèges and L’heure espagnol for the Opéra National de Lyon, and the Tales of Hoffmann for English Touring Opera.

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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