Paul Curran Biography

Director

Paul CurranAward winning director, Paul Curran, is a graduate in Directing of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney.

He was Artistic Director of the Norwegian National Opera from 2007 – 2011.

Recent production highlights include La Donna del Lago (DVD) Metropolitan Opera, New York; The Tsar’s Bride ROH Covent Garden; La traviata  Opera Philadelphia; La Cenerentola Teatro Maestanza Seville; Tristan und Isolde Teatro La Fenice Venice; Death in Venice Garsington Opera; La Donna del Lago Santa Fe Opera; World Premiere of Becoming Santa Claus Dallas Opera; Der Fliegende Holländer Ekaterinburg Opera, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow Golden Mask Festival; Man of La Mancha Opera Utah; Faramondo Göttingen Händel Festival, Brisbane Baroque Festival; Die Zauberflöte for Norwegian National Opera; Rusalka at the New National Theatre Tokyo; Pagliacci Royal Danish Opera, Norwegian National Opera; Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Tosca and Otello Canadian Opera Company; Albert Herring Los Angeles Opera; a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Palau Valencia, Teatro Dell’Opera Roma; Peter Grimes Savonlinna Opera Festival; Baden Baden 1927 Gotham Chamber Opera NY; La Boheme Wolftrap.

Other directorial credits include:  Tannhäuser  Teatro alla Scala, Milan; La Bohème, Billy Budd, Albert Herring and Peter Grimes Santa Fe Opera; Die Frau ohne Schatten and Lulu Chicago Lyric Opera; Ariadne auf Naxos Flanders Opera Antwerp,  I Lombardi  Teatro Comunale Florence; Die Fledermaus and L’Incoronazione di Poppea Royal College of Music, London; Ariadne auf Naxos and Daphne (DVD) Teatro La Fenice, Venice; Chérubin (DVD) Cagliari; Peter Grimes and Otello Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste; Tosca Canadian Opera; Peter Grimes Washington Opera and Otello Welsh National Opera; Pastorale (world premiere) Stuttgart Opera; Il Trovatore (DVD) Teatro dell’Opera, Rome, Teatro Comunale, Bologna and Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo; Tristan und Isolde BBC Symphony Orchestra; La Finta Giardiniera Garsington Opera; I Capuleti e i Montecchi  Spoleto Festival USA; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Die Königskinder (Humperdinck) which won the Italian Critics’ Prize, Premio Abbiati, La Statira (Cavalli) and La Cenerentola (DVD) Teatro San Carlo, Naples; Mirandolina (Martinu) and Eva (Foerster) Wexford Festival; The Miserly Knight (Rachmaninov) and Eine Florentinische Tragödie (Zemlinsky) Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon; Prince Igor and Tosca Mariinsky Theatre; the British premiere of Kullervo (Aulis Sallinen) and I Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari) UCO London; Hamlet with designer Vivienne Westwood for the Clerkenwell Music Series, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Man of La Mancha at the Covent Garden Festival (also recorded on CD), A Little Night Music Columbus Ohio, The Bear (Chekhov) and The Rehearsal (a new play, both as writer and director) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at Disney Hall.

Future engagements include; Carmen Opera Philadelphia; The Golden Cockerel Santa Fe Opera; Samson et Dalila Virginia Opera; Khovantshchina BBC Proms and new productions for Dallas Opera, Garsington Opera, Teatro San Carlo Naples.