Sam Brown, Direction

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Sam Brown

Sam Brown, born 1982, is a stage director based in London. He read Classics at Oxford and completed the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck College, London. He was assistant director at West Yorkshire Playhouse and staff director for Opera North. In 2011 with designer Annemarie Woods he won two prestigious international opera awards: the European Opera Directing Prize and the Ring Award in Graz where they won all available prizes. It was only the second time a director from the English-speaking world had won either of these competitions, and the first time anyone had ever won both.

He made his opera directing debut at the Bavarian State Opera with the Kinderoper Sigurd the Dragonslayer by Andy Pape and his opera directing credits include: Jakob Lenz by Wolfgang Rihm (English National Opera), I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Teatro Sociale di Como, AsLiCo), Der Zigeunerbaron (Stadttheater Klagenfurt), The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit und The Triumph of Time and Truth (Händelfestspiele at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe), La Cenerentola (Luzerner Theater), Donizetti’s La Favorite (Opera Graz), Alcina (Staatstheater Cottbus), Hair (Staatstheater Darmstadt), My Fair Lady (Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe) and The Barber of Seville (Welsh National Opera). For the Opéra National de Lorraine he directed the world premiere of The Importance of Being Earnest by Gerald Barry (Opera Now Magazine Premiere of the Year: 12/13 season) and Candide by Leonard Bernstein. In December 2013 he was profiled by Opera Magazine.

As a theatre director his credits include: Magpie Park, a new play on commission by Oliver Emanuel (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Over Gardens Out by Peter Gill (Riverside Studios, London), and Lungs (Atmen) by Duncan Macmillan (Schauspielhaus Graz). He co-wrote the libretto for The Water Palace by Stephen Shulman (Tete a Tete Opera Festival), which he also directed. In 2016-17 he directs A Midsummer Nights Dream at Theater Trier and is under commission by The Grange Festival to write a libretto for Elena Langer: Trotsky and Kahlo.


​The Lodger (Der Untermieter), ​Stadttheater Bremerhaven 2018​​​

Oben: Patrizia Häusermann (Emma), Unten: Damen des Opernchors, Vikrant Subramanian (Der Untermieter) - Foto: Heiko Sandelmann

Alice Fuder (Daisy), Patrizia Häusermann (Emma), Leo Yeun-Ku Chu (George Bunting), MacKenzie Gallinger(Joe Chandler, Wachtmeister) - Foto: Heiko Sandelmann

Sommernachtstraum, Theater Trier, 2016


My Fair Lady, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, 2015


Alcina, Staatstheater Cottbus, 2014/15


La Favorite, Oper Graz, 2014


Candide, Opéra Nationale de Lorraine, 2013


Der Zigeunerbaron, Stadttheater Klagenfurth, 2012

Sam Brown’s Calendar

February 2019

02.02.2019 / Frankenstein / Theater Regensburg

March 2019

28.03.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

30.03.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

April 2019

03.04.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

06.04.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

10.04.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

13.04.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

May 2019

08.05.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

10.05.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

12.05.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

15.05.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

18.05.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

24.05.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

29.05.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

June 2019

01.06.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

05.06.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

08.06.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

12.06.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

15.06.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

26.06.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad

29.06.2019 / Georges Bizet/Peter Brook: Carmen / Wermland Opera Karlstad