Annabel Arden

Annabel-ArdenAnnabel Arden’s distinguished career encompasses opera, theatre and broadcasting as well as acting and devising new work. In 1983 Annabel was a co-founder of the renowned Theatre de Complicité.

This season Annabel will direct a new production of Carmen for the inaugural Grange Festival, return to Welsh National Opera for La bohème – a production which will also be seen at the Dubai Opera – and she  will create a new semi staging of Turandot for Opera North, before returning to the company for a new production in the 2017/18 season.

In the 2015/16 season, Annabel directed an acclaimed new production of Andrea Chernier for Opera North which won “Best Opera Production of 2016” at the Manchester Theatre Awards, and the first new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Glyndebourne Festival in over 30 years, of which The Independent wrote “With the aid of a posse of Indiarubber mime artists, and drawing on her physical-theatre background with Complicité, she pulls off trick after trick with such speed and deftness that the eye is constantly delighted and dazzled, but it’s all in the service of a convincing reading of the text and a triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius.”

In the United Kingdom,  Annabel has directed Cafe Kafka  and The Commission for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Gianni Schicci, L’elisir d’amore and The Miserly Knight for the Glyndebourne Festival, The Rake’s Progress for English National Opera, and La bohème for Welsh National Opera. She has enjoyed a long relationship with Opera North, and her productions there have included La Traviata, Die Zauberflöte, The Cunning Little Vixen and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.

Abroad she has directed The Cunning Little Vixen for the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; L’elisir d’amore for the Houston Grand Opera; Beethoven’s Leonore in New York, London and Salzburg; Faust in Lucerne; and Der Zwerg for the Maggio Musicale, Firenze and for the Teatro Regio, Torino.

Annabel directed The Soldier’s Tale with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Boulez; she has directed concert performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, and she directed and narrated Jurowski’s farewell concert of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Glyndebourne in 2013.

Annabel has directed plays for the National Theatre, Royal Court, Bristol Old Vic, Almeida Theatre, BBC, Sydney Theatre Company and for Theatre de Complicité of which she remains an Associate Artist.

Annabel Arden graduated from Cambridge University, and trained with Lecoq in Paris.

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