ROH appoints John Fulljames as associate director of opera
11 June 2011, London, UK
Claire Booth and John Fulljames rehearse 'Into the Little Hill' (2009)(Photo: Gemma Mount)
The Royal Opera House has appointed John Fulljames as the company's new associate director of opera.
Fulljames is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Opera Group, which recently received a 3-year funding commitment from Arts Council England worth over £1m.
He will take office in September to coincide with the departure of director of opera Elaine Padmore and the arrival of her successor, Royal Danish Opera's Kaspar Holten.
Cormac Simms, currently general manager of the Royal Opera, has also been promoted to the role of administrative director.
Holten said of the appointments: 'It will be great to have John Fulljames supporting me on artistic matters and Cormac Simms, with his extensive knowledge of the company, on the administrative side. John comes with The Royal Opera House has appointed John Fulljames as the company's new associate director of opera.
Fulljames will continue to direct productions by The Opera Group after moving to ROH, including forthcoming new operas from Edward Rushton and David Bruce, and a co-commission with Komische Oper Berlin of a new opera by Olga Neuwirth.
Fulljames himself added: 'The Opera Group incubates, commissions, produces and tours some of the best contemporary opera in the UK. This is only possible because of the support and collaboration of a huge range of partners. I'm grateful for their commitment to The Opera Group's work and delighted that the company will continue to shape the future of opera as an essential part of the cultural landscape.'
John Fulljames is currently preparing The Opera Group's world premiere of Seven Angels by Luke Bedford, which opens at the Linbury Studio Theatre, ROH on 14 July 2011.