Dalia Ibelhauptaitė

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Dalia Ibelhauptaitė
Born (1967-05-04) 4 May 1967 (age 51)
Vilnius, Lithuania
OccupationDirector, playwright
Years active1982–present
Dexter Fletcher (m. 1997)

Dalia Ibelhauptaite (born 4 May 1967) is a Lithuanian opera, theatre, and film director and playwright, whose work combines the traditions of Russian and Western theatre.[1]


Personal life[edit]

Dalia Ibelhauptaitė was born in Vilnius in 1967, and became a director at the age of 15 when she formed the Young Theatre Company in Lithuania. At the Young Theatre Company, Dalia worked as a director and playwright until 1985 when she became assistant director at the Vilnius State Theatre. She trained at the Russian Drama Academy.

In 1990, she directed To Damascus at the Moscow Lencom Theatre. In 1991, Ibelhauptaitė was invited to the Royal National Theatre Studio in London, and directed A Lawsuit as well as doing a series of workshops on Russian classical plays. She has been in London ever since. Ibelhauptaitė has also given masterclasses at National Opera Studio and Royal National Theatre Studio in London, and is a popular teacher in China, Israel, the Netherlands, France, Los Angeles and India.

Ibelhauptaitė directed Svejk at The Duke's on 42nd Street last year, which was her first show in New York. It was nominated for a Drama League award as distinguished production of the year.

Ibelhauptaitė married Dexter Fletcher in Westminster, London,[2] in 1997, after the pair met on the set of one of her stage productions in London.

Directing credits[edit]

Theatre productions[edit]

Walpurgis Night by Erofeyev and Svejk (Gate Theatre), London
Gamblers by Gogol (Tricycle Theatre), London
Mirandolina by Goldoni (Lyric Theatre, London
The Impresario From Smyrna by Goldoni (Old Red Lion Theatre), London[3]
Promise (Old Red Lion Theatre), London
The Crucible by Miller (Lamda)
The Lower Depths by Gorky (Lamda)
Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare (CSSD)
Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare for the Shi-Wa Charity Gala at the Globe Theatre, London.
Svejk (The Duke's, New York

Opera productions[edit]

Don Giovanni, Mozart (Musica Nel Chiostro, Batignano Festival, Italy)
Rigoletto Verdi ('The Opera Company': Hackney Empire, London and UK tour)
Madama Butterfly Puccini (Opera North, UK)
Eugene Onegin Tchaikovsky (Opera North, UK)
Don Pasquale Donizetti (Opera Zuid, Netherlands)
"Gambler" Prokofiev (Opera Zuid, Netherlands)
Un Ballo In Maschera Verdi (Lithuanian National Opera)
I Pagliacci Leoncavallo (Congress Palace, Lithuania)
Showcase (The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London)
La Forza del Destino G.Verdi (Lithuanian National Opera and Israel National Opera)
La Bohème Puccini (Congress Palace, Lithuania )
Die Zauberflöte Mozart (Congress Palace, Lithuania )
"Werther" Massenet (Congress Palace, Lithuania )
"Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" Sondheim (Congress Palace, Lithuania )
"XYZ - electronic opera fantasy" (Industrial spaces, Lithuania )
"Onegin" Tchaikovsky (Congress Palace, Lithuania )
"Katia Kabanova" Janáček (Congress Palace, Lithuania )
"Manon Lescaut" Puccini (Congress Palace, Lithuania )

Staged Concerts[edit]

"Bohemian Dreams" (Congress Palace, Lithuania )
"The Return of the Nightingales" (Congress Palace, Lithuania )

Short films[edit]

Let The Good Times Roll by Dexter Fletcher, starring Bob Hoskins, Ron Cook and Dexter Fletcher
Feeling Good by Dexter Fletcher, starring Jason Flemyng.


  1. ^ Askonasholt.co.uk
  2. ^ Marriages England and Wales 1984-2005
  3. ^ David Benedict (30 May 1994). THEATRE / On Theatre. The Independent. Retrieved 19 February 2015.

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