List of Famous Opera Directors

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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 (born 5 September 1942) is a German film director, screenwriter, author, actor, and opera director. Herzog is a figure of the New German Cinema. His films often feature ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature.Werner Herzog made his first film in 1961 at the age of 19. Since then he has produced, written, and directed more than sixty feature- and documentary films, such as Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1978), Fitzcarraldo (1982), Lessons of Darkness (1992), Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997), My Best Fiend (1999), Invincible (2000), Grizzly Man (2005), ...more on Wikipedia

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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, (, ; 16 April 1921 – 28 March 2004), was an English actor, voice actor, writer, dramatist, filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, screenwriter, comedian, humourist, newspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster and television presenter. He was a fixture on television talk shows and lecture circuits for much of his career. An intellectual and diplomat, he held various academic posts and 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 Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards for acting ...more on Wikipedia

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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 (born 21 July 1934) is an English theatre and opera director, actor, author, television presenter, humourist, and medical doctor. After training in medicine, and specialising in neurology, in the late 1950s, he came to prominence in the early 1960s in the comedy revue Beyond the Fringe with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. Miller began directing operas in the 1970s. A production is his 1982 "Mafia"-styled Rigoletto set in 1950s Little Italy, Manhattan. In its early days he was an associate director at the National Theatre and later ran the Old Vic Theatre. As a writer/presenter of more than a dozen BBC documentaries, he has become a television ...more on Wikipedia

Julie Taymor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Opera Directors
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Julie Taymor (born December 15, 1952) is an American director and writer of theater, opera and film. Since her adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people in over 100 cities in 19 countries, earning it the highest worldwide gross of any entertainment title in box office history. Lion King also received 11 Tony Award nominations, earning Taymor Tony Awards for Best Director and Costume Designer, and was honored with more than 70 major arts awards worldwide. Her film Frida about revered Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was nominated for five Academy Awards, and her "1960s Beatles jukebox musical" Across the Universe won approval ...more on Wikipedia