Lindy Hume, director
Lindy Hume, Artistic Director of Opera Queensland, is one of Australia’s leading directors, acknowledged internationally for fresh interpretations of a wide variety of repertoire, and for progressive artistic leadership of a number of Australian arts organisations, most recently Sydney Festival (2010-2012) and Perth International Arts Festival (2004-2007). Lindy was also the first Artistic Director of West Australian Opera (1992-96), Artistic Director of Victoria State Opera and then OzOpera (1996-2001).
As a director, she has created more than 50 major productions across Australasia including Carmen, Don Giovanni, Fledermaus, La Périchole and Les pêcheurs de perles (Opera Australia), Orlando, Trouble in Tahiti and The Barber of Seville (OzOpera), Alcina and Orpheus in the Underworld (West Australian Opera), Carmina Burana (State Opera of South Australia/The Australian Ballet), Idomeneo (Pinchgut Opera), Rigoletto and Lucia di Lammermoor (NBR New Zealand Opera).
European productions include La bohème (Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin, which was telecast live throughout Europe), Tolomeo (Musiektheater Transparant in Belgium), Radamisto (Handel Festspiele and Opernhaus Halle), A Streetcar Named Desire and Norma (Opera Theatre St Gallen in Switzerland), Così fan tutte (Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London), and Albert Herring and Phaedra (Aldeburgh Festival in the UK). She made her American debut in 2004 directing The Barber of Seville for Houston Grand Opera, returning in 2009 and 2013 to direct Rigoletto and Die Fledermaus respectively. She has also staged Bach’s St Matthew Passion and directed Rossini’s Cinderella in her own English translation for Opera Queensland and Don Pasquale (Oper Leipzig), ABANDON (co-director) and Rigoletto (both for Opera Queensland) and Iphigénie en Tauride (Pinchgut Opera). Her production of “Cenerentola” (this time performed in the original Italian version) was produced by NBR New Zealand Opera in 2015 and presented by Oper Leipzig and in San Diego in 2016.
Other new productions in 2016 included Rossini’s Comte Ory in Seattle, West Australian Opera’s Gianni Schicchi at Opera in the Park, Snow White and The Barber of Seville for Opera Queensland and Theodora for Pinchgut. In 2017 she directs Carmen for New Zealand Opera, The Barber of Seville in Seattle, Cenerentola for Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm and, for Opera Queensland, Ruddigore, Mozart Airborne and A Night with Opera Queensland.
A champion of new Australian work Lindy has commissioned and directed works including Paul Grabowsky’s Love in the Age of Therapy, Richard Mills’ Batavia (Helpmann and Green Room Awards for Best Director and Best Production) and Richard Mills/Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale.
Lindy Hume is the recipient of an Australia Council Theatre Board Fellowship, an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by The University of Western Australia, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration from the University of South Australia.
Lindy directed Idomeneo (2006), Iphigenie en Tauride in 2014 and Theodora (2016) and will direct Handel's Athalia for Pinchgut Opera in 2018.