Keith Warner

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Keith Warner (born 6 December 1956) is a British opera director, designer and translator.[1] He is noted for his flamboyant stagings of Richard Wagner's operas.[2][3]

Early years[edit]

Warner was born in London and studied English and drama at the University of Bristol from 1975-78. He subsequently worked as an actor, a teacher of drama therapy and a fringe theatre director. He joined English National Opera in 1981, working as revival director, staff director and associate director until 1989. In 1985, he also worked as associate director for Scottish Opera.[1]

Subsequent career[edit]

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Warner combined the roles of director of productions for New Sussex Opera, artistic director for Nexus Opera and associate artistic director of Opera Omaha.[1]

Recent events[edit]

Warner was appointed artistic director of the Royal Danish Opera, taking up the post in July 2011,[2] but resigned after six months, along with conductor and music director Jakub Hrůša, as a result of problems with funding.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Adam, Nicky (ed) (1993). Who's Who in British Opera. Aldershot: Scolar Press. pp. 282–3. ISBN 0-859-67894-6. 
  2. ^ a b "Keith Warner heads for Royal Danish Opera". 24 May 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Service, Tom (26 September 2012). "Keith Warner on his Royal Opera House Ring Cycle". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Warner and Hrusa quit Royal Danish Opera." Gramophone, 24 January 2012