Jack Furness

Stage director

"Furness brought plenty of imagination to a piece that takes a serious journey through bad things, with a kind of wildness of inspiration that isn’t obvious in much of Bach’s other work."

Opera Now

"[In the Penal Colony] was impressive and horrifying… Taut and menacing, this staging conveyed its message powerfully"


"Jack Furness’s production keeps its options open – allusive as well as elusive. What’s being played out here is a human drama, indifferent to creed, colour, politics or location."

New Statesman

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Herald Angel Award winner Jack Furness studied music at Cambridge University, where he received a double first-class honours degree. Whilst at Cambridge, Furness founded the ambitious and innovative Shadwell Opera, of which he is Artistic Director.

Engagements in the 2017-18 season include Don Giovanni at the Teatru Manoel, Malta; Iolanta for Scottish Opera; Written on Skin with the Melos Sinfonia and Scottish Opera’s Opera Highlights tour.

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