Director

Elijah Moshinsky


Renowned director Elijah Moshinsky enjoys a long and prolific career spanning more than thirty years as a director of both opera and theatre.  Known particularly for his interpretations of Verdi, his productions have been seen throughout the world and enjoy frequent revival.  He has three times been the winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best OperaMoshinsky has developed ongoing relationships with opera houses throughout the world  including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera New York, for whom he has directed many celebrated productions. Recent highlights include Simon Boccanegra at Los Angeles Opera and at Chicago Lyric, Makropoulos Case at the Met and Otello at Covent Garden.  Plans in 2014 include a return to the Korean National Opera for a new production of Romeo & Juliette. 

 

Elijah Moshinsky directs a powerful production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House

28 Jun 2013

Inspired by Italian Renaissance art, Elijah Moshinsky depicts the rise and tragic fall of Simon Boccanegra in this glorious classic production at the...

Renowned Verdi interpretor Elijah Moshinsky directs a new production of Don Carlo for the Korean National Opera

26 Apr 2013

Elijah Moshinsky’s new production of Verdi’ Don Carlo (Italian version) has opened to great acclaim at the Seoul Arts Centre.   Often hailed as the “greatest tragedy of...

Distinguished director Elijah Moshinksy joins ICA for general management

20 Dec 2012

ICA is delighted to welcome award-winning director Elijah Moshinsky to its roster for worldwide management.  With a distinguished career that spans more than 30 years in both opera and...

“ First, there is Elijah Moshinsky's inspired direction. One so often sees attempts to bring operas up to date, with 21st century settings and the male cast all in grey suits, but 14th century Italians rarely look convincing in grey suits and Moshinsky's imposing set design makes brilliant use of perspective to make the huge Covent Garden stage look even bigger and convey the grandeur of the Italian court”

Simon Boccanegra, Express - Jul 2013

“His productions have lasted because they present the operas in handsome and practical settings and set out the narratives with clarity and perception. To put it plainly - it works, it hits all the right notes and, most importantly the great moments are sublimely moving.”

Simon Boccanegra, Opera Britannia - Jun 2013

“A magisterial production of Simon Boccanegra is mounted by the Lyric Opera of Chicago under the direction of Elijah Moshinsky…The concept works wonderfully as the richness of the piece is on full display… Moshinsky directs, bringing forward the clashing cultures,tribal wars and their impact on individual lives… The direction is discreet but always aware of the big ideas.”

Chicago Times - Oct 2012

“The ups and downs,the jealousy, despair, adoration, and all consuming passion described more intensely than any silver screen the reality of the lives of lovers…. I had regarded opera as too often banal, absurd and unbelievable. But last night, in Elijah Moshinsky’s production the acting and music created a vortex of captivating spirit. I have never cried in an opera. Last night I confess, I did.”

Channel4 News - Jul 2012

“Mr Moshinsky’s productions have the most arresting set pieces. No one who saw The Queen of Spades will forget the veteran soprano Leonie Rysanek punching her way up through the floor. And the Ariadne remains one of the most elegant in the Met’s repertoire, its visual coups subtle and satisfying. The three nymphs are fantastically tall, with elongated skirts in gem like colours…we are always in a highly theatrical world.”

New York Observer - May 2011

“The genius of Elijah Moshinsky’s shattering staging of Turn of the Screw is that he presents us with a series of images at once blatant and horrific.. and embroiling the adults in tacit complicity throughout. Its power derives from the shocking double-take Moshinsky forces on us - namely that the ghosts of Quint and Miss Jessel are very much molesters, while the governess is so trapped in her world of Jamesian sexual horror that she in turn becomes an instrument of destruction…this is without doubt the definitive Turn of the Screw for our times.”

The Guardian - May 2001

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Elijah Moshinsky has enjoyed a long and prolific career spanning more than thirty years as a director of both opera and theatre.    Renowned particularly for his interpretations of Verdi, his productions have been seen throughout the world and enjoy frequent revival.  His work encompasses a large and diverse repertoire, with a focus on Mozart, Janáçek, Britten, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Strauss, but also including Mussorgsky, Poulenc and Ligeti.  He has three times been the winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Opera, for his productions of Lohengrin, Stiffelio and The Rake’s Progress.

Elijah Moshinsky has developed ongoing relationships with opera houses throughout the world, including, in particular, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera New York, for whom he has directed many celebrated productions.  His first major opera production  was Peter Grimes for the Royal Opera House in 1975, and subsequent work there includes Lohengrin, The Rake’s Progress, Macbeth, Samson et Dalila, Samson, Tannhaüser, Tristan und Isolde, Otello, Attila, Entführung auf dem Serail, Stiffelio, Aida, Simon Boccanegra, I Masnadieri and Il Trovatore.  His most recent work at ROH has included revival productions of both Otello and Lohengrin, and Moshinksy returns to Covent Garden in 2013, for a further revival of his Simon Boccanegra, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.  Other current work includes a new production of Don Carlo for the Korean Opera.

Recent work at the Metropolitan Opera has included revival stagings of The Makropulos Case, Ariadne auf Naxos and Otello, whilst other productions in New York include Un ballo in Maschera, Nabucco, Queen of Spades, Lohengrin, and Luisa Miller.  Moshinksy has also enjoyed ongoing relationships with opera companies including Opera Australia (Boris Godunov, Il Trovatore, Werther, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Barber of Seville).  Other houses include The Lyric Opera of Chicago – where in autumn 2012 he staged a critically-acclaimed revival of his Simon Boccanegra – Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera (including the british premiere of Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre), Wiener Staatsoper, Grand Théâtre de Génève, Maggio Musicale and the Adelaide and Holland Festivals.

Moshinsky has directed a large range of theatre and TV productions. Among his West End productions are Troilus and Cressida and The Force of Habit for the National Theatre, Three Sisters (Albery), Shadowlands and Cyrano de Bergerac (Haymarket) and Much Ado About Nothing (Strand).  For the BBC his directing work includes Genghis Cohn, Brazen Hussies, Anorak of Fire, Mozart in Turkey, as well as an Omnibus documentary on divas.

Born in Shanghai, and raised in Melbourne Australia, Elijah Moshinsky graduated from the University of Melbourne and studied subsequently at St Anthony’s College Oxford.  Whilst there he directed a production of As You Like it for the Oxford and Cambridge Shakespeare Company, which resulted in him being offered a position as a staff producer at the Royal Opera House. 

October 2013