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Stephen Langridge

Stephen Langridge is Artistic Director of the Gothenburg Opera, Sweden.

Having studied Drama at Exeter University, Stephen then spent several years working as assistant director, mostly with the cutting edge company, Opera Factory, but also at Covent Garden, Opera North and Scottish Opera.

His artistic practice has included running laboratories for composers and librettists, and devised music theatre projects, often in unconventional spaces with unconventional people, including productions of West Side Story (Bernstein) and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare) with large casts of prisoners in British high security prisons, and Ngoma, a multi-racial music and theatre project in South African townships. 

As well as directing productions with advanced opera students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity College of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Langridge has run many intensive training courses for young professional singers.

As a stage director he has worked at many for the world’s major opera companies including Greek National Opera, Covent Garden, Theatre des Champs Élysées, Rome, Glyndebourne, Chicago, Paris and Salzburg, directing works by Monteverdi, Rameau and Haendel through Mozart, Verdi and Wagner to many new commissions.

He is particularly associated with the work of the celebrated British composer, Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Productions coming up include Tristan und Isolde in Hannover, L’incoronazione di Poppea for Theatre des Champs Élysées, a revival of Carmen for GNO, and Gothenburg’s first ever Ring Cycle.