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 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.
- 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
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