Ian Burton

Season 18/19 Artist
© DR

Born in Yorkshire, and a graduate of the Universities of Leeds and Bristol, Ian Burton has explored numerous genres as a dramaturg and writer: his opera librettos include Giorgio Battistelli’s Richard III and CO2, which premiered respectively at the Flemish Opera in 2005 and Milan’s La Scala in 2015 in a Robert Carsen production, The Duchess of Malfi for the English National Opera, performed in 2010 with the theatre group Punchdrunk, Pop’pea, an adaptation of L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 2012, and Philippe Fénelon’s JJR in Geneva in 2012. In terms of ballet scripts, he wrote Cinderella for the Northern Ballet Theatre. His theatre plays include Entering the Whirlpool, 1981, Deranging Angels, 1993, Mask, 1995, Between Two Worlds, a stage biography of Korngold which was first performed at the Covent Garden Festival in 1996, a play on the life of Chikamatsu, the “Japanese Shakespeare” in 1997, Men’s Doubles, 1998, a play about Poulenc entitled The Foot of the Cross, or the Muzzle of a Gun in 2001…). His musicals include Eduard Alexander’s The Wedding of the Moon and Sun and he is also the author of the poetry collections Dorset Street and Rouflaquettes. For twenty years, he has worked alongside Robert Carsen, most notably on Bernstein’s Candide at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Milan’s La Scala and the English National Opera; L'incoronazione di Poppea and Rinaldo at Glyndebourne; Mitridate in Brussels; Iphigénie en Tauride and Orfeo ed Euridice in Chicago; Tannhäuser in Tokyo and at the Paris Opera; La Traviata in Venice and My Fair Lady at the Théâtre du Châtelet…

Ian Burton is also a director. In 1994, the province of Antwerp awarded him the prize for the best production for his production of three one-act operas by Peter Maxwell Davie: Eight Songs For A Mad King, Versalii Icons, Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot. He has also worked for the Théâtre de Chambre Transparant (Mozart’s Zaide in 1995 and in 1996, Mahagonny Songspiel and Happy End by Weill). In addition, he produced the London musical Frank’s Closet which earned the Time Out “Critic’s Choice”.  

Currently in