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 2016-17 season include Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatru Manoel, Malta; Down in the Valley and Der Jasager (both by Kurt Weill) for Opera North Youth Company and Scottish Opera Connect Company at the Aberdeen International Youth Theatre Festival; and a double bill of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Mark Anthony Turnage’s Twice Through the Heart for Shadwell Opera at the Hackney Showroom. 

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