A pioneer of music-theatre and experimental opera, John La Bouchardière has directed productions and projects at opera houses and arts festival across Europe and North America. He has also directed film and television, and has taught on prestigious post-graduate and young artist programmes.
"...a miracle of human endeavour.
It was witchcraft."
John La Bouchardière was born in Hampshire (UK) and began his musical studies as a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford, continuing from his music degree with postgraduate study in opera production at The University of Birmingham.
A resident staff director at English National Opera, he collaborated with a wide variety of directors during his five years as an assistant, working for companies in the UK and abroad, including La Fenice, New Israeli Opera, l'Opéra National du Rhin, Teatro Liceu, Vlaamse Opera, Teatro Sao Carlos, l'Opéra de Zürich, and developing lasting collaborations with such directors as David Alden, Robert Carsen and Deborah Warner.
He has since created such opera productions as Rigoletto (Opera Holland Park), Eugene Onegin and Tamerlano (Scottish Opera), Don Giovanni (Operosa, Bulgaria), Semele (Scottish Opera and Florentine Opera, Milwaukee), Carmen (Opera Nordfjord, Norway), Giasone (Royal Academy of Music) and Idomeneo (Florentine Opera).
He achieved international recognition for The Full Monteverdi, his devised dramatization of Monteverdi's Fourth book of madrigals, performed by I Fagiolini for three years and winning a Royal Philarmonic Society Award in 2005.
Recent successes include a sensory production of Lera Auerbach's chamber opera, The Blind, for Lincoln Center Festival, New York, which the immersed public in a non-visual operatic experience, wearing blindfolds, and the first full staging of John Adams’s El Niño for Spoleto Festival USA. He returned to Charleston in 2019 to create the first theatrical presentation of Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles and also directed Solomon's Knot in St John Passion at Bach Festival Leipzig.
John has worked as a teacher and director at Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Motley Theatre Design Course, and L'Atelier Lyrique de Montréal. Also working in film and television, John has created series for Sky Arts and the BBC; his critically acclaimed feature film, The Full Monteverdi, was distributed in cinemas, on television and on DVD. He also made a short films of Jean Françaix's L'Ode à la gastronomie and Janequin's La Chasse.