Patrick KinmonthDirector, Designer
Kinmonth paces his direction from the tough first through a lively second to the turbulent third act with enormous skill. It's a celebration of theatre with great musical performances in a tasteful, technically highly professional production, that through characterisation and comic situations revives the wit of yesteryear.
...a rare thing, a true renaissance man.
Kinmonth left Oxford University with a first class degree in English Literature in 1979. Starting as Arts Editor at Vogue he broadened his scope as an artist to embrace painting, architectural and interior design, opera direction, stage and costume design, fashion curation and critical writing and is recognised as a leading international designer of opera, ballet, art and fashion exhibitions. Highlights include VOGUE100 at The National Portrait Gallery London (2016), HOUSE STYLE at Chatsworth (2017), and Valentino’s retrospectives at the Ara Pacis in Rome, at the Louvre in Paris and at Somerset House in London (2007-2013). He has collaborated on frequent design, exhibition, film and fashion projects for Missoni, Fendi, Gucci, Hermes and many others, as well as the restoration of the Wrightsman Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum New York where he also designed the exhibitions Dangerous Liaisons (2013) and Anglomania for the Costume Institute (2006). This year he designed and curated India in Fashion, a ground-breaking exhibition which opened the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre in Mumbai.
In 2008 Kinmonth made his opera-directing debut, a lauded staging of Madama Butterfly for Cologne Opera. Since then he has directed and designed numerous productions including Samson et Dalila at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Don Giovanni and Rigoletto at Theater Augsburg, Die Gezeichneten, voted Best Opera Production of the season at Cologne Opera, Daphne at Toulouse, Solaris at Cologne Opera, Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria at La Monnaie, Brussels and La Clemenza di Tito at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, The Seven Deadly Sins at The Royal Danish Opera 2022, amongst many others, including his Tannhäuser which opened the 2017-18 season at Cologne Opera where he returned in the 2019-20 season for Tristan und Isolde. His recent work includes productions in Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Opernhaus Zürich, Staatsoper Hamburg, American Ballet Theatre New York, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Ballet and Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville.
- Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Oper Köln, 2019
- Wagner: Tannhäuser
- Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
- Patrick Kinmonth talks about Don Quixote at Semperoper Ballet
- Gassmann: L'Opera Seria
- Making Dreams: Fendi & the Cinema
- Wagner: Die Walküre
- Saint-Säens: Samson et Dalilia
- Glazunov: Raymonda
- Glanert: Solaris
- Schreker: Die Gezeichneten
News and Articles
Act naturally2 September 2022
The season is in full swing.........7 November 2019
Roth and Kinmonth's Tristan und Isolde opens at Oper Köln23 September 2019
Patrick Kinmonth and Cathy Marston: Snowblind, San Francisco BalletUnbound B 16 April 2018
Roth and Kinmonth bring Dresden version of Tannhäuser to Cologne22 September 2017
Patrick Kinmonth directs new La clemenza di Tito in Karlsruhe7 July 2017
Maestro Arts artists nominated for Opernwelt awards2 December 2016
Kinmonth creates dance piece based on Les Enfants du Paradis for Lucerne2 December 2016
Kinmonth directs and designs L'Opera seria in Brussels9 February 2016
Patrick Kinmonth curates Vogue 100: A Century of Style4 February 2016
New exhibition Reflections opens at the gallery9 December 2015