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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. {#nodes}
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 ...more

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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 ...more

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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 ...more

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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. ...more

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