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|Born||John Michael Harold Copley
12 June 1933
Birmingham, West Midlands
|Occupation||Theatre and opera producer|
|Spouse(s)||John Hugh Chadwyck-Healey
(civil partner 2006 - present)
He was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, son of Ernest Harold Copley and Lilian Forbes, 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.
The filmed operas he has been associated with are:
- Semiramide (1990)
- Adriana Lecouvreur (1984)
- Giulio Cesare (1984)
- La bohème (1982)
- Lucrezia Borgia (1980)
- Lucia di Lammermoor (1986)
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.
- "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014. "Mr John Copley, opera director, 80"
- Presenter: Kirsty Young (3 January 2010). "John Copley". Desert Island Discs. BBC. BBC Radio 2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/892c54bc#b00pj3yy.
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2013.
- Who's Who 2009
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