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Ian Rutherford previously served as revival director for HGO’s The Marriage of Figaro (2016), The Magic Flute (2015), and Ariodante (2002). He studied at Guildhall School of Music, Sheffield University, and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before joining English National Opera as staff director, where he directed critically acclaimed revivals of The Barber of Seville, Falstaff, Madame Butterfly, The Magic Flute, and La bohème. With Diva Opera (Britain’s premier chamber opera company) he directed Tosca, La traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Lucia di Lammermoor, and La belle Hélène in productions that have toured throughout Europe. He also directed new productions of Madame Butterfly for Opera Holland Park, Cendrillon for Royal Academy of Music, La bohème for Blackheath Concert Halls, and the world premiere of Christopher Bowers-Broadbent’s The Face at Gray’s Inn, London. Rutherford directed a new production of Il matrimonio segreto for Festival les Azuriales. He has directed revivals of many David Alden productions, including Ariodante, Lucia di Lammermoor, Peter Grimes, and Otello. Rutherford has worked for Glyndebourne Opera directing the revivals of Grandage’s Billy Budd and The Marriage of Figaro; Brooklyn Academy of Music and San Francisco Opera for Billy Budd; Opera Slovenia for Melly Still’s Rusalka; Lyric Opera Chicago and San Francisco Opera for David MacVicar’s Die Meistersinger; and The Rape of Lucretia at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Future plans include reviving Mariame Cement’s production of Don Pasquale at Glyndebourne and a new production for the Brighton Pavilion. 

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