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.
Patrick Kinmonth is an internationally acclaimed director, also set and costume designer for opera, photography and dance. 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. To open the 2017-18 season at Cologne Opera, Kinmonth directs the seldom-heard Dresden version of Tannhäuser, conducted by François-Xavier Roth; he will return in the 2019-20 season for Tristan und Isolde with the same team. Current and future plans include returns to Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Opernhaus Zürich, American Ballet Theatre, plus debuts with Royal Danish Opera, Houston Ballet and Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville.
Kinmonth enjoys collaborating in a director/designer capacity with such artists as choreographer Fernando Melo, including A Guest House and Tending to Fall for Gothenburg Ballet, Fountain for Gärtnerplatztheater, Munich, Middle of Nowhere for Norddans, Sweden, Don Juan in Lucerne and together with Pontus Lidberg, Raymonda for Royal Swedish Opera. Recent and current dance creations include Jane Eyre with choreographer Cathy Marston for Northern Ballet, Kinder des Olymp with Fernando Melo for Lucerne and Don Quixote with Aaron S. Watkin for Semperoper Ballet, Dresden. In 2017-18 he designs Sleeping Beauty for Greek National Ballet choreographed by Pontus Lidberg and the world premiere of Snowblind for San Francisco Ballet, choreographed by Cathy Marston. The 2018-19 season includes his debuts with American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera and at Joffrey Ballet with Jane Eyre; in February 2019 he makes his debut at the Ballet de Opéra national de Paris directing and designing Les noces choreographed by Pontus Lidberg. In 2019-20 he returns to San Francisco Ballet to create a new work, Mrs Robinson, with Cathy Marston.
- 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