John Wregg    Director


John Wregg is one of Australia's most experienced and versatile opera directors. A graduate in Law at Melbourne University, he worked as an actor, theatre designer and director in Australia before spending two years in the Italian Film Industry. John has been artistic director of St Martin's Mobile Theatre, New South Wales Youth Theatre, Australian Theatre for Young People and Bondi Pavilion Theatre.He was also the founding director of the Lygon Street Festa in Melbourne, directing the first three from 1978-1980, as well as the 1999 Festa.From 1981-1993 he was Resident Director with the Australian Opera.

In 1985 John was assistant director on Le Nozze di Figaro at Covent Garden and in 1986 he was awarded the Beyreuth Scholarship and the Wagner Society Scholarship and was Hospitant at Oper der Stadt Koln on Moses and Aaron, and Deutsche Oper Berlin on Turandot.He was also artistic director of Sydney Metropolitan Opera, now Music Theatre Sydney, specialising in new music, from 1989 to 1997 and founding director of the School for Performing Arts, UCOL, Palmerston North in New Zealand (1998 to June 1999).

As director of opera, Johnís productions include: Aida, I Masnadieri, The Bamboo Flute and Poe for the Australian Opera; Carmen and Madame Butterfly for Hunter Opera; Cosi fan Tutte and The Bartered Bride for Canberra School of Music; Stubble and I loved Miss Watson for the Seymour Group; Orpheus and Euridice and Sid the Serpent who wanted to sing for Opera Ensemble; and HMS Pinafore for Melbourne Music Theatre. Productions for Sydney Metropolitan Opera include: Black River, Bamboo Flute, Beach Dreaming, Foxy, Farenheit 451, Christina's World and Casanova Confined. He has also directed Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni for Wellington City Opera.

John has written for film, television and Theatre as well as writing English translations for his own productions of Orpheus and Euridice and Carmen, and surtitles for Med and La Forza del Destino. He has also written libretti for new operas, most recently Woman Dreaming for Music Theatre Sydney.

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