A graduate of the University of Sydney and NIDA, Justin Way has been a Staff Director at the Royal Opera House (ROH), Covent Garden since it reopened, directing revivals of Madama Butterfly, The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola.

At home he has directed Semele and The Fairy Queen for Pinchgut Opera, and Juno and the Paycock and The Surgeon of Honour as part of Sydney Theatre Company’s Directory project.

Justin’s own productions include Bizet’s Djamileh (Festival Les Azuriales in France and Linbury Theatre, London) and two productions of The Marriage of Figaro – for Tuscany’s Opera Theatre of Lucca, and for Diva Opera’s 1999 tour of France and Switzerland. He co-founded Oper@Fontainebleau in France where he devised Odalisque and directed Mozart’s The Impresario.

Highlights at the ROH have included working with Zeffirelli on Pagliacci with Placido Domingo and on Caurier and Leiser’s Il turco in Italia with Cecilia Bartoli. He staged an act of Don Carlo for Bernard Haitink’s farewell gala and Macbeth and La traviata for ROH’s Education Department. He has worked on new productions of The Queen of Spades, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Faust, Rigoletto, Wozzeck, Falstaff and Don Giovanni, among others.

Since The Fairy Queen Justin has directed a revival of La Cenerentola for Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, travelled to Rome Opera as associate director on Il trovatore at the Baths of Caracalla, co-revived the Czech premiere of Martinu’s Greek Passion in Brno and been assistant director on Der Troubadour on the floating stage in Bregenz, Austria.

Highlights of the coming season include directing a revival of Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Liceu Barcelona, completing the current ROH Ring cycle on which he is assisting, and directing a new production of The Abduction from the Seraglio for Chicago Opera Theatre with the creative team who designed The Fairy Queen.

Justin directed Semele in 2002, The Fairy Queen in 2003 and Dardanus in 2005 for Pinchgut.

Justin Way

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