Blakeley, Lee

Lee Blakeley (born 1971 in Yorkshire) is a British Opera and Theatre director. Trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He recently directed the French premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, following successful productions of A Little Night Music (2010 - starring Leslie Caron, Greta Scacchi and Lambert Wilson) and Sweeney Todd (2011). Later this year, he directs his third opera for the Santa Fe Opera Festival, The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, starring Susan Graham in the title role. He returns to the Chatelet in 2014 to direct his fourth Sondheim production - Into the Woods. He will also direct The King and I in the same season.

Directing credits include Madam Butterfly, The Pearl Fishers - Santa Fe Opera, Orfeo ed Euridice - Minnesota Opera, Les Contes D'Hoffmann - Canadian Opera Company, Die Fledermaus, A Night at the Chinese Opera - Scottish Opera (nominated TMA Award for Achievement in Opera)The Merry Widow- Vlaamse Opera, Rusalka - Wexford Festival Opera, Turn of the Screw Macedonian Opera and Ballet.

He has been an associate director at Glyndebounre Festival Opera, The Royal Opera and English National Opera.

Lee received a Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship in 2007. This took him to many of the major Opera houses of North America to study Lyric Artist Development and the Cultivation of Philanthropy for Opera.

He lives with his partner and two cats in London.



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