John is Director of Opera at the Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, and former Associate Director of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He was a co-founder and Artistic Director of The Opera Group.
Recent productions include: Nixon in China (Copenhagen Opera House), Orphée et Euridice (Teatro alla Scala and The Royal Opera House), Street Scene (Teatro Real Madrid, Oper Köln, Théâtre du Chatelet Paris, Liceu in Barcelona), The Snow Maiden (Opera North), GerMANIA and the world premiere of Benjamin dernière nuit (Opera de Lyon), Faust (Theater Dortmund), Così fan tutte (Garsington Opera and Bucharest Opera), The Return of Ulysses (at The Barbican for Royal Opera House, London), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, La donna del lago (Royal Opera House, London), Nabucco (Opéra de Lorraine), Quartett by Luca Francesconi (Royal Opera House and Rouen), Juliette ou la Clé des songes (Bremen), La clemenza di Tito (Opera North and Opera National de Lorraine, Nancy).
Other productions include Where the Wild Things Are (Bremen), The Adventures of Mr Brouček, Roméo et Juliette, Hansel and Gretel, Saul, From the House of the Dead (Opera North), Von Heute auf Morgen and Sancta Susanna (Lyon), Das Porträt (Bregenz and Kaiserslautern), Snegurochka and Susannah (Wexford Festival Opera), A Florentine Tragedy, Gianni Schicchi and Mavra (Greek National Opera).
His production of Street Scene for The Opera Group and Young Vic won 2008 Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards.