Graham Vick is the Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company and works at the world’s major opera houses with the world’s leading conductors, among them Muti, Levine, Haitink, Gergiev, Runnicles, Ozawa and Mehta. He was Director of Productions at Scottish Opera (1984-1987) and at Glyndebourne (1994-2000). His many awards include Italy’s Premio Abbiati on six occasions and Britain’s South Bank Show Award for Opera in both 1999 and 2002. He is a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Honorary Professor of Music at the University of Birmingham and was Visiting Professor of Opera Studies at Oxford University in 2002-03 and will return in 2014-15. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2009. His productions include Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in London, Parsifal in Paris, Tristan und Isolde in Berlin, Der Ring des Nibelungen in Lisbon, Verdi’s Macbeth and Otello at La Scala, Falstaff in London, Don Carlo in Paris, Rigoletto in Madrid, Barcelona, Palermo and Florence and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Salzburg Festival as well as the Da Ponte trilogy at Glyndebourne and Mitridate, re di Ponto in London, Sydney and A Coruña. He directed the world premieres of Outis at La Scala and Mittwoch from the cycle Licht in Birmingham where he recently staged Khovanshchina. Plans include Le Roi Arthus in Paris, La fanciulla del West at La Scala, Death in Venice in Berlin and world premieres at the Royal Opera and in Birmingham.