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Michael Hunt

  • Director, Artistic/Stage

Biography

Michael Hunt has held the positions of Assistant Director - Liverpool Everyman Theatre; Artistic Director - Cheltenham Arts Centre; Director - Man in the Moon Theatre, London; Staff Director - English National Opera; Artistic Director - Bloomsbury Festival; Director of Performing Arts - Riverside Studios, London; and Associate Artistic Director - Cheltenham Everyman Theatre.
He has directed over 20 plays including: Anatol (Schnitzler), Macbeth (Shakespeare), Steel Magnolias (Harling), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Brecht), Short Eyes (Pinero), Persuasion (adapted Healy), Lone Star and Private Wars (McLure), Blue Remembered Hills (Potter), Amadeus (Shaffer), The Changeling (Middleton) and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare).
Michael has directed in a wide variety of venues, ranging from theatres throughout England and on tour in Ireland as well as over 25 productions in opera houses in Britain and Europe. These include Aida and Madam Butterfly for English National Opera (where he was a staff director for three years), Iolanthe for Scottish Opera, La Traviata for Opera Ireland, Cosi Fan Tutte for Cheltenham Festival, Le Nozze di Cherubino (Swayne), The Consul (Menotti), Tancredi and Don Carlos for Las Palmas.
He has also directed large-scale open-air productions of Maria Stuarda, Der Freischutz and Tosca. He directed the Centenary arena production of La Boheme at the Royal Albert Hall in London. His production of Oedipus Rex for Opera North and Scottish Opera received many accolades and awards as did his many productions, working with artists such as Pavarotti, Barstow, and Kudriavchenko.
He has been invited as a guest a new production of Tristan and Isolde in Tbilisi. He has been a regular judge at the Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. He has undertaken work with students in many spheres including the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Birmingham School of Music. He has taught on the director's course at Central School of Speech and Drama and the London Academy of Dramatic Art. He was the first external examiner for the Diploma in Lighting Design at Central School (one of the first such courses in the world). For many years he was a visiting tutor in the Theatre Design Department of Wimbledon School of Art.
This included work on the M.A. and B.A. courses. He is a member of the Berwald Committee in Stockholm and is a consultant to many arts organisations in Europe including the Open Society Fund and Sorus Foundation in Prague. Last year Michael directed The Importance of Being Earnest and A Doll's House in Galway and on tour. He regularly broadcasts for Lyric FM, the classical radio station for Ireland. Last year he directed La Boheme for Co-Opera and made his American debut with a new production of The Pearl Fishers in Portland, Oregon.
Michael has recently been invited to the Chamber Opera in Vienna, where he will supervise next year's ìFigaro Seasonî, directing two of the productions. Future plans include Boris Godunov with Paata Bourchaladse for Portland Opera, The Consul in Tbilisi and Oedipus Rex and Bluebeard's Castle in Germany.
His Co-Opera production of Carmen will be seen in Vienna in 2002 as well as in Britain and Norway.