Stephen Medcalf’s current and future engagements include Eugene Onegin, La bohème and La fanciulla del West (Grange Park Opera), Manon Lescaut (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia and Asociación Bilbaina de amigos de la Ópera in Bilbao), Falstaff (Accademia della Scala on tour to Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman) and Aida (Landestheater Niederbayern).
Recent new productions include Norma (Teatro Lirico Cagliari), Aida (Royal Albert Hall), A Village Romeo and Juliet and Foroni’s Cristina Regina di Svezia (Wexford Festival), Falstaff (Teatro Farnese, Parma), Albert Herring, Ariadne auf Naxos and Death in Venice (Salzburger Landestheater), La finta giardiniera (Landestheater Niederbayern), La fanciulla del West and Capriccio (Grange Park Opera), Bellini’s Il Pirata and Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street (Opéra Municipal Marseille), Lucrezia Borgia, Luisa Miller, Maria di Rohan, Orfeo ed Euridice and Iris (Buxton Festival), Carmen and Aida (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari), Carmen (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos), Cesti’s Le disgrazie d’amore (Teatro di Pisa) and a revival of his Die Zauberflöte (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia).
Career highlights include Pikovaya Dama (Teatro alla Scala), Le nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne Opera House (televised and released on video/DVD)), Manon Lescaut and Die Zauberflöte (released on DVD) (Teatro Regio di Parma), and Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Teatro delle Muse, Ancona, which was subsequently seen at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and the Theatre Festival of Thessaloniki). In 2005, he earned the coveted Premio Abbiati Italian critics’ Prize as Director of the Year.
Other productions of note include A Village Romeo and Juliet, Die Zauberflöte and Aida (conductor Lorin Maazel) (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari), Così fan tutte (conductor John Eliot Gardiner) (Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos and the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris), Handel’s Ezio (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris), Menotti’s The Medium (Opera Bergen), The Turn of the Screw (Kiev Festival), The Flying Dutchman (Opera North), The Magic Flute (Grange Park Opera), Roberto Devereux (Buxton Festival), Mascagni’s Il Piccolo Marat and Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night (Wexford Festival), as well as staging the Mozart 250th Anniversary Gala Concert conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner at Teatro Real de Madrid, Teatro Verdi di Pisa, Salle Pleyel, Paris and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
As Director of Productions at English Touring Opera for over six years, he produced Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Orfeo and Eurydice, Rigoletto, The Marriage of Figaro, and L’elisir d’amore, which was subsequently revived at West Australian Opera, Victoria State Opera and Opera Queensland.
For over 10 years he was head of opera production for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was awarded the Queen’s Medal for education in 2007.