Graham Vick

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Graham Vick

Birmingham Opera Company Graham Vick coaches chorus.jpg
Vick coaches the Birmingham Opera Company chorus during a rehearsal
Born (1953-12-30) 30 December 1953 (age 67)
Alma materRoyal Northern College of Music
OccupationOpera director

Sir Graham Vick CBE (born 30 December 1953 in Birkenhead) is an English opera director known for his experimental and revisionist stagings of traditional and modern operas. He has worked in many of the world's leading opera houses and is currently artistic director of Birmingham Opera Company.

Life and career[edit]

Vick studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. At age 24, he directed a production of Gustav Holst's Savitri for Scottish Opera, and became the company's director of productions in 1984.[1] From 1994 to 2000, Vick was director of productions at Glyndebourne Opera.

In 1987, he founded the Birmingham Opera Company and remains its artistic director.[2][3] Vick's productions with Birmingham Opera include the first UK production of Othello to feature a black tenor in the title role in 2009,[4] and the 2012 world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's notoriously difficult Mittwoch aus Licht.

Vick was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours[5] and knighted in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to music and the regions.[6]


Many of Vick's productions can be seen on DVD including Lulu (Glyndebourne, 2004) Warner Music Vision B000189L10, and Falstaff (Covent Garden, 2001) Opus Arte B00005NUP8.


  1. ^ Laura Barnett (23 October 2007). "Portrait of the artist: Graham Vick, opera director". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 December 2007.
  2. ^ Graham Vick (20 October 2003). "Enter the fat lady". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 December 2007.
  3. ^ Samantha Ellis (7 April 2003). "Mass production". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 December 2007.
  4. ^ Maddocks, Fiona (13 December 2009). "Guardian Review of Othello". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  5. ^ "No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 8.
  6. ^ "No. 63218". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2020. p. N2.


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