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

British director James Bonas’ work encompasses a large and varied repertoire, spanning classical theatre and opera through to contemporary works and the use of innovative technology, as well as multi-disciplinary projects in alternative spaces. Current highlights include Jonathon Dove’s Flight for RCS Glasgow, Carl Orff’s Der Mond with L’Opéra National de Lyon (featuring projections by animator Grégoire Pont), and a collaboration with Damon Albarn as Artistic Consultant on the creation of a 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, which opened the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival - reviewed as “bewitchingly good” by The Times and the winner of several awards. 2019 also saw a critically-acclaimed staging of Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz with Nicholas Collon and Aurora orchestra at the BBC Proms, with further projects in planning.

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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