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Patrick Kinmonth

Director, Designer
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Kinmonth paces his direction from the tough first through a lively second to the turbulent third act with enormous skill. It's a celebration of theatre with great musical performances in a tasteful, technically highly professional production, that through characterisation and comic situations revives the wit of yesteryear.

Jan Brachmann, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, L'Opera seria, La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels, 2016

...a rare thing, a true renaissance man.

Anna Wintour, Vogue Italia

Patrick Kinmonth is an internationally acclaimed director, also set and costume designer for opera, photography and dance. In 2008 Kinmonth made his opera-directing debut, a lauded staging of Madama Butterfly for Cologne Opera. Since then he has directed and designed numerous productions including Samson et Dalila at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Don Giovanni and Rigoletto at Theater Augsburg, Die Gezeichneten, voted Best Opera Production of the season at Cologne Opera, Daphne at Toulouse, Solaris at Cologne Opera, Gassmann’s L’Opera seria at La Monnaie, Brussels and La clemenza di Tito at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. To open the 2017-18 season at Cologne Opera, Kinmonth directs the seldom-heard Dresden version of Tannhäuser, conducted by François-Xavier Roth; he will return in the 2019-20 season for Tristan und Isolde with the same team. Future seasons include at return to Teatro alla Scala, Milan.

Kinmonth enjoys collaborating in a director/designer capacity with such artists as choreographer Fernando Melo, including A Guest House and Tending to Fall for Gothenburg Ballet, Fountain for Gärtnerplatztheater, Munich, Middle of Nowhere for Norddans, Sweden, Don Juan in Lucerne and together with Pontus Lidberg, Raymonda for Royal Swedish Opera. Recent and current dance creations include Jane Eyre with choreographer Cathy Marston for Northern Ballet, Kinder des Olymp with Fernando Melo for Lucerne and Don Quixote with Aaron S. Watkin for Semperoper Ballet, Dresden. In 2017-18 he designs Sleeping Beauty for Greek National Ballet choreographed by Pontus Lidberg and the world premiere of Snowblind for San Francisco Ballet, choreographed by Cathy Marston. The 2018-19 season includes his debuts with American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera and at Joffrey Ballet with Jane Eyre; in February 2019 he makes his debut at the Ballet de Opéra national de Paris directing and designing Les noces choreographed by Pontus Lidberg. In 2019-20 he returns to San Francisco Ballet to create a new work, Mrs Robinson, with Cathy Marston.

Stravinsky: Les noces, Paris Opera Ballet, 2019

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Greek National Opera Ballet, 2017

Wagner: Tannhäuser, Oper Köln, 2017

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, 2017

Cervantes/Aaron S. Watkin: Don Quixote, Semperoper Ballet, Dresden, 2016

Gassmann: L'Opera seria, La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels, 2016

Cathy Marston: Jane Eyre (World Premiere), Northern Ballet, UK Tour 2016

Glanert: Solaris, Oper Köln, 2014

Pontus Lidberg: Raymonda, Royal Swedish Ballet, Stockholm, 2014

Schreker: Die Gezeichneten, Oper Köln, 2013

Valentino: Master of Couture, London, 2012

Mozart: Don Giovanni, Theater Augsburg, 2012

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2011

Puccini: Madama Butterfly, Oper Köln, 2008

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