Bewitchingly good... Pickett and her artistic collaborator, the actor and director James Bonas, waste no time, grabbing us from the get go... Scottish Ballet has a hit on its hands.
Hats off to James Bonas for the flair and energy of his staging, which radiated visual imagination.
James Bonas is a traditional storyteller for the modern era, combining imagination and intellect with a curiosity for technology and new forms, whether directing classical or contemporary theatre, opera, or dance. He read Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford University, prior to training as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and developing his career as a director.
James Bonas’ recent work in opera includes Candide at Welsh National Opera in June 2023, with his regulator collaborator, animator Grégoire Pont. Other work together includes the French premiere of Abrahamsen’s Snow Queen for Opéra national du Rhin – winner of the French critics Best Scenic Elements/Scenography award 2022 – and Orff’s Der Mond and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and L’Heure Espagno for Opéra de Lyonl. Their innovative approach has led to these works being seen around the world, including at Opéra de Lille, Royal Opera House Muscat, San Francisco Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
In Spring 2023, Bonas made his German debut with Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at Theater Magdeburg to critical acclaim. Other recent stagings include Jonathan Dove’s Flight for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the world premiere of a new community opera Silent City for Matera in Italy (European Capital of Culture) and Chabrier’s L’étoile at the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos (Lisbon).
- Welsh National Opera, Candide (2023): Audience Reactions
- Hans Abrahamsen: The Snow Queen (Trailer)
- Interview with Grégoire Pont & James Bonas - Hans Abrahamsen's The Snow Queen
- Le Vol Du Boli, Théâtre Du Châtelet, 2020
- Carl Orff: Der Mond
- Ravel: L'heure espagnole, France3 TV News, Opéra de Lyon 2018
- Ravel: L'Heure espagnole (trailer), Opéra de Lyon, 2018
- Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, 2017
- Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel, Bergen National Opera 2017
- Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges - feature from France3 TV, 2017
- Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges
- Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, Opéra de Lyon, 2016
- Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann
News and Articles
Looking back at the BBC Proms3 September 2023
MA at the BBC Proms21 April 2023
French critics award three MA artists27 June 2022
Maestro Arts at the BBC Proms26 April 2022
Wise words from 20213 December 2021
The alchemists25 August 2021
James Bonas and Topi Lehtipuu form innovative production company21 June 2021
Space and time15 June 2020
The season is in full swing.........7 November 2019
Triumph at Edinburgh International Festival for The Crucible16 August 2019
Summer News11 July 2019
'L'étoile' - a new production staged by James Bonas5 April 2019
Discover Maestro Arts' Project Portfolio4 March 2019
James Bonas between Glasgow and Lyon1 February 2019
L'Heure espagnole - Opéra de Lyon23 November 2018
NewsletterMaestro Arts welcomes ..... 27 June 2018
James Bonas directs 'West Side Story' with RNCM Young Company2 March 2018
James Bonas debut in Norway with Hansel & Gretel for Bergen National Opera14 November 2017
L'enfant triumphs in LyonGrégoire Pont, James Bonas 3 November 2016
A fun and feisty trip through the woods with Hansel and Gretel in Seattle18 October 2016