James Bonas

Director James Bonas attained psychology and philosophy degrees from Oxford, trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and has performed as a classical pianist. He directs projects varying from classical theater to contemporary opera, often incorporating video design and animation. Recent work includes a double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Les Mamelles de Tirésias for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, L’heure Espagnole for Opéra National de Lyon featuring projections by animator Grégoire Pont, a staging of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale for the BBC Proms at the Drill Hall in Lincoln, Hänsel und Gretel for Bergen National Opera, a production of West Side Story for Future Stages in collaboration with Royal Northern College of Music, The Tempest for Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), L'Enfant et les Sortilèges for Opéra National de Lyon, and Tales of Hoffmann for English Touring Opera. Upcoming work includes Chabrier’s L’Étoile with Lisbon’s Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Into the Woods for RADA, a new ballet of The Crucible for Scottish Ballet by choreographer Helen Pickett and composer Peter Salem to open the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival, the new opera The Silent City for Matera in Italy, and pieces with the BBC Proms and the Royal Opera of Oman.

(June 2019)