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List of famous opera directors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top opera directors in the world? This includes the most prominent opera directors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable opera directors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic opera directors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned opera directors.

List ranges from Werner Herzog to Peter Ustinov, plus much more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known opera directors to the lesser known opera directors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the opera director field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous opera directors ever?" and "What are the names of famous opera directors?" then you're in the right place. (30 items)
Werner Herzog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Opera Directors
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Werner Herzog Stipetić, known as Werner Herzog, is a German film director, producer, screenwriter, author, actor and opera director. Herzog is considered one of the greatest figures of the New German Cinema, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Werner Schröter, and Wim Wenders. Herzog's films often feature heroes with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature. French filmmaker François Truffaut once called Herzog "the most important film director alive." American film critic Roger Ebert said that Herzog "has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for ...more on Wikipedia

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#50 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#24 on The Greatest Directors of the 1980s

#7 on The Greatest Directors of the 1970s

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Peter Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Opera Directors
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Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, humorist, newspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster, and television presenter. A noted wit and raconteur, he was a fixture on television talk shows and lecture circuits for much of his career. He was also a respected intellectual and diplomat who, in addition to his various academic posts, served as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and President of the World Federalist Movement. Ustinov was the winner of numerous awards over his life, including two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor, Emmy ...more on Wikipedia

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#73 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time

#81 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

#48 on The Best English Actors of All Time

#38 on The Best Actors with More Than One Oscar

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Jonathan Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Opera Directors
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Sir Jonathan Wolfe Miller, CBE is a British theatre and opera director, actor, author, television presenter, humourist, and medical doctor. While training in medicine, and specializing in neurology, in the late 1950s, he first came to prominence in the early 1960s with his role in the comedy revue Beyond the Fringe with fellow writers and performers Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. He began directing operas in the 1970s and has since become one of the world's leading opera directors with several classic productions to his credit. His best-known production is probably his 1982 "Mafia"-styled Rigoletto set in 1950s Little Italy, Manhattan. In its early days he was an associate ...more on Wikipedia

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Julie Taymor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Opera Directors
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Julie Taymor is an American director of theatre, opera and film. Taymor's work has received many accolades from critics, and she has earned two Tony Awards out of four nominations, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design, an Emmy Award and an Academy Award nomination for Original Song. She also received the 2012 Director Award for Vision and Courage from the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City. She is widely known for directing the stage musical, The Lion King, for which she became the first woman to win the Tony Award for directing a musical, in addition to a Tony Award for Original Costume Design. She was the director of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: ...more on Wikipedia

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#14 on The Greatest Female Film Directors

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