Stephen Langridge studied Drama at Exeter University. He then spent several years working as assistant director for the cutting edge company, Opera Factory, while developing his own work, often in unconventional spaces with unconventional people. He continues working as a double agent, spending time each year creating new work with integrated groups of disabled and non-disabled people, and also directing opera at some of the most prestigious European houses.
Opera productions include:
Madama Butterfly Den Norske Opera and Ballet
Lohengrin (Wagner) Royal Opera, Stockholm
Don Carlo (Verdi) Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, Lisbon
La Boheme (Puccini) Nationale Reisopera
Wake (Klass de Vries/David Mitchell) Nationale Reisopera
La Damnation de Faust (Berlioz) Lyric Opera, Chicago
Hippolyte et Aricie (Rameau) - Nationale Reisopera
Rigoletto (Verdi) - Volksoper Wien
Otello (Verdi) - Salzburg Festival and Opera di Roma
The Minotaur (Birtwistle), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Salome (Strauss) - Malmö Opera;
Orphee (Gluck) - Greek National Opera;
Ritter Blaubart (Offenbach) - Bregenzer Festspiele;
Maria Stuarda (Donizetti) & Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) - Grange Park Opera;
Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart) - Opera Ystad, Sweden;
Misper, Zoe, & Tangier Tattoo (Lunn/Plaice) - Glyndebourne;
The Io Passion (Birtwistle) - Aldeburgh Almeida Opera & Bregenzer Festspiele;
Arianna in Creta (Handel) - National Reisopera, Holland
The Turn of the Screw (Britten) - NRO
Semele (Handel) - Buxton Festival;
Orfeo (Monteverdi) - Tokyo Opera City;
Giulio Cesare (Handel) - Opera de Bordeaux;
The Mask of Orpheus (Birtwistle) - Royal Festival Hall.
Stephen is well known for his education, development, and training work (projects in France, Spain, Germany, Finland, Holland, Sweden, Senegal, South Africa, and throughout the UK), and for his theatre work in unusual settings, including West Side Story (Bernstein) and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare) with large casts of prisoners in various British high security prisons, and Ngoma, a multi-racial music and theatre project in South African townships. (See the "Education and Development" page for more about this work.)
Current opera projects include: The Minotaur (revival) Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; I Puritani for Grange Park Opera; and a new production for Covent Garden in the season 13/14.
He will become the Artistic Director of Gothenburg Opera in July 2013.