Robin Norton-Hale

Robin is a writer and director for opera and theatre and is Artistic Director of OperaUpClose, which she co-founded in 2009. Her directing credits for the company, all in her own new English translations, are Carmen, La Traviata, La Bohème, Don Giovanni and The Barber of Seville. She also wrote the English libretto for OUC’s The Marriage of Figaro and directed the UK premiere of Young Wife for the company. Her production of La Bohème won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Opera and the Award for Best Off-West End Production.
Other opera directing credits include a double bill of her own new version of Let’s Make an Opera and Britten’s The Little Sweep and La Traviata, both for Malmö Opera. Theatre directing includes Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (King’s Head Theatre), the world premiere of Glyn Maxwell’s Masters, Are You Mad? (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre) and The Taming of the Shrew (Southwark Playhouse). Prior to directing, Robin read English Literature at Oxford University and trained as a journalist before working in press and marketing for English Touring Opera. She is a 2013/14 Clore Leadership Fellow and is a trustee of Farnham Maltings.

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Saturday 17 October 2015, 14.00 Garden Room

Why are we afraid to judge?

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