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Richard Jones was born in London. He divides his professional time between the theatre and the opera. He has directed several productions for the Paris Opera, including L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Le Nain, Juliette ou la clé des songes and Parsifal. He has also collaborated with London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the English National Opera, the Glyndebourne, Aix, and Bregenz Festivals, the Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt Operas, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Milan’s La Scala, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He also works regularly with many of the great theatres in London (the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Old Vic, the Young Vic, the Royal Court) and in the United States (Broadway, the New York Public Theatre, the Park Avenue Armory Theatre). He received Olivier Awards for his productions of Hänsel und Gretel (Welsh National Opera) and Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Royal Opera House) and then picked up another Olivier Award and a South Bank Show Award for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (English National Opera). He was also honoured with an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2016 and was named Director of the Year by Opernwelt Magazine for his production of Giulio Cesare at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. In addition, he received Olivier Awards for his stage productions of Too Clever by Half (Old Vic) and Into the Woods (West End) and earned an Evening Standard Award (Best Director) for The Illusion at the Old Vic. He also picked up six Drama Desk nominations for his production of Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape. Richard Jones was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2015. More recently, he directed La Bohème and Ariodante in Chicago, and La Damnation de Faust at Glyndebourne.
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