L'Elisir Den Jyske Opera © Kåre ViemoseDirector Harry Fehr‘s staging of L’elisir d’amore (Elskovsdrikken) for Den Jyske Opera has won the Production of the Year category at the CPHCulture Theatre Experiences of the Year Awards. Full review here Next season Harry makes his Dutch début with Tosca for the Nederlandse Reisopera and his US début directing Orlando for San Francisco Opera.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeDirector Polly Graham has been announced as the Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera with immediate effect. The 33-year-old daughter of festival founders Martin and Lizzie Graham says: “As a family we are so proud of Longborough and have long talked about its future. But it is only recently that I have felt ready to
take on the challenge of leading it forward.” download the full press release here.

wno le vin herbe-caitlin hulcupiseult tom randle tristan ©robertworkman-027_01For the second year running a production by Polly Graham has won Best Opera Production in the Wales Theatre Awards. Her staging of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé for Welsh National Opera received great critical acclaim and as Zaubertrank is about to open at Lokremise, St Gallen on February with performances on February 2, 6, 7, 11, 14 & 18.

Polly Graham Swiss début

January 22, 2018

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly Graham directs Frank Martin Zaubertrank (Le Vin Herbé) for Theater St Gallen at The Lokremise St Gallen conducted by Hermes Helfricht.  The production opens on February 2 and there are further performances on February 6, 7, 11, 14 & 18. Originally conceived for Welsh National Opera, Graham’s spare but compelling take on the Tristan and Iseult legend won critical acclaim and was recently featured in The Stage ‘Best Opera and Dance of the year 2017’.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldeApril’s Opera magazine cover feature adds to the glowing reviews for director Polly Graham’s production of Le Vin herbé.  “Polly Graham’s stark but brilliant new staging of the work” 5* The Guardian, 5* The Independent. 4* The Telegraph. See the trailer and performance details here.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly Graham directs Iain Bell’s A Christmas Carol at the Teatro Sociale, Trento for the Fondazione Haydn di Bolzano e Trento on December 2 & 4.  A reprise of the production staged last season for Welsh National Opera, the one man show sets Simon Callow’s libretto. Polly enjoyed great critical success with the recent UK première of Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus:“100 minutes of thrilling and sometimes shocking physical theatre” 5* The Times“Polly Graham’s terrific staging – a thrilling physical tour de force “ 5* Bachtrack. 

Harry Fehr : Finta in London

November 18, 2016

Harry FehrDirector Harry Fehr will stage La Finta Giardinera with students at the Royal College of Music on November 28, 30, December 2 & 3. The 2013 Buxton Festival production, on which it is based, was much praised: Harry Fehr’s Buxton staging makes a surprisingly strong case for this disregarded piece.” 5 stars The Guardian;  “… in this dazzling, bold and inventive production we have a novel modern setting under Harry Fehr’s direction … ” The Arts Desk. Michael Rosewell, Direcor of Opera at the RCM, conducts.

Glowing reviews for Polly Graham‘s production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and David PountneWNYO Kommilitonen c. Kirsten McTernany’s  Kommilitonen! for Welsh National Youth Opera. ***** The Guardian, ***** The Arts Desk, **** The Times. “Polly Graham’s brilliant, explosive new production…This has got to be one of the operatic events of the year” Wales Arts Review. ” … this production, by Polly Graham, is a dazzlingly impressive affair” The Arts Desk. “the work emerged incredibly stongly here in director Polly Graham’s inclusive, immersive, promenade-style staging, almost cinematic in its boldness.” The Guardian.

Harry FehrDirector Harry Fehr realises I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Buxton Festival with sets and costumes by Yannis Thavoris. Justin Doyle conducts the performances at Buxton Opera House on July 9, 13, 16, 20 and 23. Read Harry’s take on the piece I Capuleti – why now? 

Harry FehrDirector Harry Fehr’s production of Orlando for Welsh National Opera has been nominated for a Wales Theatre Award in the ‘Best Opera Production’ category. The winner will be announced on January 30. The production, which originated with Scottish Opera, has received much critical acclaim – “Harry Fehr’s recent Orlando for Welsh National Opera picks up where David Alden and David McVicar left off at ENO, recasting Handel’s sorcery story as one of psychological trauma and war. This is Handel with a modern audience in mind: emotional, direct, confronting.” The Spectator.