Tim Bronson Reginald Albery (born 20 May 1952) is an English stage director, best known for his productions of opera.
Life and career
Albery was born in Harpenden, the son of the impresario Donald Albery and grandson of the producer Sir Bronson Albery. After directing drama in the British provinces, he directed his first operatic production, Britten's The Turn of the Screw for a music festival at Batignano, Italy in 1983. For Opera North, Albery directed operas by Tippett, Mozart and most notably Berlioz: his production of Les Troyens is described by The New Grove Dictionary of Opera as "triumphant".
For the English National Opera (ENO), Albery directed Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict (1990) and Britten’s Billy Budd (1988) and Peter Grimes (1991). Together with his fellow directors, Richard Jones, Jude Kelly, Phyllida Lloyd, Deborah Warner and Francesca Zambello, Albery publicly supported ENO's general director Nicholas Payne in his dispute with the ENO's chairman Martin Smith over avant garde productions. They wrote, "The aim must be to create a new audience that does not see opera as a middle class trophy art form: an audience that Payne was beginning to attract to the Coliseum."
Grove's Dictionary describes Albery's style as "a modern visual and dramatic language that combined stillness, taut economy, intense feeling for states of psychological and poetic complexity, and deep musical responsiveness" creating "a powerful impression of musico-dramatic revelation."
- Loppert Max. "Albery, Tim", The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, edited by Stanley Sadie, Grove Music Online, Oxford Music Online, accessed 12 June 2011 (subscription required)
- Letter to the Editor, The Times, 18 July 2002, p. 23
- Clark, Andrew, "Tim Albery - Fanfare for the common man", The Financial Times, 9 August 2003, p. 28
- Ross, Peter. "The Fall and Rise", The Sunday Herald, 7 May 2006, p. 13