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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

John Fulljames to take Royal Danish Theatre post

10:54, 10th April 2017

John Fulljames has been appointed artistic director at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. He will succeed Sven Müller, taking up his new post in August 2017.

In a press release, Fulljames said he hoped to build on the company’s strong international reputation and help it to reach even larger audiences.

Fulljames is currently associate director at the Royal Opera House, a post he has occupied since 2011. During his time in the role, he has directed La donna del lago, Quartett, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Orphée et Eurydice (co-directed with Hofesh Shechter).

Prior to this, Fulljames was artistic director of the Opera Group (now Mahogany Opera Group) from 1997 to 2011, a role which saw him work closely with a number of composers and librettists to develop, commission and produce new operas. His productions for the company include Neuwirth’s American Lulu, Bruce’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter, Langer’s The Lion’s Face, Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill and Dove’s The Enchanted Pig. Many of the company’s productions have been performed in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Other productions include Nabucco in Nancy, La clemenza di Tito, From the House of the Dead and Roméo et Juliette for Opera North, The Adventures of Mr Brouček for Opera North and Scottish Opera, Where the Wild Things Are and Julietta for Theater Bremen, Von Heute auf Morgen and Sancta Susanna for Opéra de Lyon, Gianni Schicchi and Eine florentinische Tragödie for Greek National Opera, Così fan tutte for Garsington Opera and American Lulu and Das Portrait for Bregenz Festival.

Royal Theater chair Lisbeth Knudsen praised Fulljames’ ability to create operas which appealed to regular attendees and attracted new audiences, and theatre manager Morten Hesseldahl said he was looking forward to drawing on Fulljames’ experience.

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