L'étoile. Teatro nacional de Sao Carlos Lisbon, 2019 (detail) View full image

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

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 instrumental music.

Current highlights include the upcoming Hans Abrahamsen’s Snow Queen for Opéra national du Rhin, Jonathon Dove’s Flight for RCS Glasgow, Carl Orff’s Der Mond with L’Opéra National de Lyon (featuring projections by animator Grégoire Pont), Rossini’s Le Comte Ory with Lisbon’s Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and a collaboration with Damon Albarn as Artistic Consultant on the creation of the new multi-disciplinary piece, Le Vol du Boli, at the Théâtre du Châtelet.

James directed a new narrative ballet, The Crucible, for Scottish Ballet, in collaboration with choreographer Helen Pickett and composer Peter Salem. This work opened the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival, winning several awards and was reviewed as “bewitchingly good” by The Times. 2019 also saw a critically-acclaimed staging of Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz with Nicholas Collon and Aurora orchestra at the BBC Proms.

Damon Albarn: Le Vol Du Boli, Théâtre Du Châtelet, 2020

Orff: Der Mond, Opéra de Lyon, 2020

Osborne: Silent City, Matera (European City of Culture), 2019

Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique, BBC Proms, Aurora Orchestra, 2019

The Crucible: Scottish Ballet, Edinburgh International Festival, 2019

Sondheim: Into the Woods, RADA, 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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