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Rob Kearley

Stage director

  • Kearley's Faust is a clever and resonant analogy... an eye-opener.
    The Sunday Times
  • Director Rob Kearley has worked with companies across Europe and North America including English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Opera North, Opera de Lyon, Prague State Opera, Prague National Theatre, Teatro Comunale Bolzano, and the Bregenz Festival and alongside directors including David Pountney, Christopher Alden, Tim Albery, Robert Carsen, Chen Shi-Zheng and Yoshi Oida.

    Rob was formerly a member of the Swingle Singers and Synergy Vocals with whom he toured widely. He sang and recorded the world premieres of works by composers including Berio, Corghi, Reich, Laing, and Mackey, working with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Toronto Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Ensemble Modern, Steve Reich and Musicians, London Sinfonietta, and Orchestre National de Lyon.

    Rob has been a guest teacher and director at the RAM, RCM and TCM as well as leading projects and workshops for Royal Opera Education and Opera North Education.

    Recent and future engagements include revivals of Weinberg’s The Passenger for Israeli Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera, directing at the 2012 Europa Cantat Festival in Turin, Weir’s Miss Fortune by Judith Weir at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, working with the Opéra Comique in Paris, a new production of Gounod’s Faust and a producrion of Britten’s Death in Venice for Opera North, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Bregenzer Festspiele, and Britten’s Peter Grimes for Opéra de Lyon.

    • The Passenger
      Houston Grand Opera (January 2014)

      Bringing this dark epic to life is no simple undertaking. As a team, Conductor Patrick Summers, Director David Pountney, and Associate Director Rob Kearley have collaboratively created an evening of opera that keeps audiences glued to the edge of their seats, distressed and heartbroken by the turmoil presented visually and aurally, and clutching to the glimmers of hope sprinkled throughout the piece. The unsettling tonality of the score paired with the unflinchingly violent aesthetic of the direction never allows the audience to feel truly comfortable, which keeps us attending to the drama, the disregard for human dignity, and the entirely visceral spectacle of the extraordinarily moving production.
      Lynn Lane, broadwayworld.com
    • Gounod Faust, Opera North
      Grand Theatre, Leeds (October 2012)

      Kearley's Faust is a clever and resonant analogy... an eye-opener.
      The Sunday Times
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