John Copley

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John Copley
Born John Michael Harold Copley
(1933-06-12) 12 June 1933 (age 81)
Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Theatre and opera producer
Spouse(s) John Hugh Chadwyck-Healey
(civil partner 2006 - present)

John Michael Harold Copley (born 12 June 1933),[1] CBE is a British theatre and opera producer.

He was born in Birmingham to Ernest and Lilian (née Forbes) Copley, and attended King Edward VI Five Ways. After a brief career as an actor, he became stage manager at Sadler's Wells in 1953 and resident producer for the Covent Garden Opera Company in 1972. He has produced most of the standard operatic repertoire for many opera houses and festivals in Europe, USA and Canada. He has had a long association with Opera Australia, including the Australian premiere of Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa in 1984.[citation needed]

The filmed operas he has been associated with are:

For over 50 years Copley has been the partner of John Hugh Chadwyck-Healey (born 1922), grandson of Charles Chadwyck-Healey, 1st Baronet. In 2006, they contracted a civil partnership, which Copley described when he was a guest on the BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs programme on 3 January 2010.[2]

Copley was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to opera.[3]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014. "Mr John Copley, opera director, 80" 
  2. ^ Presenter: Kirsty Young (3 January 2010). "John Copley". Desert Island Discs. BBC. BBC Radio 2.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60728. p. 8. 31 December 2013.

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