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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 Opera. Moshinsky 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.
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...
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...
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...
Simon Boccanegra, Express - Jul 2013
Simon Boccanegra, Opera Britannia - Jun 2013
Chicago Times - Oct 2012
Channel4 News - Jul 2012
New York Observer - May 2011
The Guardian - May 2001
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.