British stage director Jack Furness is the founder and Artistic Director of Shadwell Opera
He studied music at the University of Cambridge, where he received a double first-class honours degree, and in the 2015/16 season he was an Emerging Artist Director for Scottish Opera.
Recent and upcoming highlights include creating a new production of Don Giovanni (Nevill Holt Opera); reviving Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); and his US debut reviving David McVicar’s production of Carmen (Dallas Opera).
For Shadwell Opera, he has directed Albert Herring (Opera Holland Park); Die Zauberflöte, which won a 2009 RBS Herald Angel Award (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Jonathan Dove’s Siren Song; Così fan tutte; In the Penal Colony (Arts Theatre, Leicester Square); Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse and a double bill of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Twice through the Heart (Hackney Showroom); Speech Acts – a double-bill of George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill and Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (Courtyard Theatre); and Song – a double bill of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King (Bart’s Pathology Museum).
Other directing credits include Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni (Teatru Manoel, Malta); Iolanta and the Opera Highlights tour (Scottish Opera); The Rape of Lucretia (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Written on Skin and Lessons in Love and Violence (Melos Sinfonia in St Petersburg); Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley and Der Jasager (Opera North Youth Company and Scottish Opera Connect Company at the Aberdeen International Youth Theatre Festival); Amadis de Gaule (University College Opera); Hansel and Gretel (Wexford Festival); Eugene Onegin (Ryedale Festival Opera); Falstaff (Opera Integra); I Found my Horn (Marlowe Society); two short opera films for Shadwell Opera which were broadcast on Channel 4 and watched by over 400,000 people worldwide; and a promotional film for Blackheath Community Halls Opera.
Furness has assisted directors such as Sir David McVicar and Yoshi Oida at companies including the Glyndebourne Festival, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Opera North and Scottish Opera. He has recently assisted on Laurent Pelly’s production of L’elisir d’amore, Andrei Serban’s production of Turandot and a new production of Der Rosenkavalier by Robert Carsen, all at the Royal Opera House.
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