Stephen was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia and has staged productions for many of the world’s leading opera companies including Santa Fe Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago,

Glyndebourne Festival and Opéra de Monte Carlo.


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His recent work includes the world premiere of Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton's ITcH for Opera Holland Park,  

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Santa Fe & Grange Festival), Hänsel und Gretel (Royal College of Music),

La Cenerentola  (Grange Festival),  Così Fan Tutte (Central City Opera, Colorado), Madama Butterfly (Danish National Opera),

The Phantom of the Opera (Christmas Theatre Athens, Folketeateret Oslo & Bucharest Opereta),

Roméo et Juliette (Estonian National Opera), Flight (Scottish Opera),

L’heure espagnol & Gianni Schicchi (Royal Academy of Music),

Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi (Hong Kong APA), 

Debussy’s L’enfant prodique and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges (Brisbane Conservatorium),

and Die Fledermaus and Mansfield Park (Royal Northern College of Music),



Other productions include Rigoletto (Lyric Opera Chicago, Bucharest National Opera), Tosca (Santa Fe Opera),

Carmen (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), La Cour de Célimène (Wexford Festival), Madama Butterfly (Mid Wales Opera),

La bohème (British Youth Opera), La traviata (Singapore Lyric Opera), Dovetales (Glyndebourne Jerwood Studio), 

Die Zauberflöte (Royal Academy of Music) and Alfonso und Estrella (University College Opera).


Stephen has a longstanding relationship with London’s Opera Holland Park where he has staged ITcHThe Cunning Little Vixen

La bohème, Flight, Tosca, Hänsel und Gretel, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, La Fanciulla del West, Cavalleria Rusticana &

I Pagliacci, and the European premiere of Fantastic Mr Fox. Stephen is also a regular guest director at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he has staged operas by Poulenc, Massenet, Martinu, Debussy, Donizetti,

Wolf-Ferrari and Haydn. 


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Future productions include a new season of his production of The Phantom of the Opera (Middle East and European tour),

the North American premiere production of ITcH

and a revival of his highly acclaimed debut production of Tosca for Opera Holland Park in 2024

to mark the centenary of Puccini’s death. 


Also in 2024 Stephen will return to both Scottish Opera, to stage the UK premiere of Jonathan Dove's Marx in London!,

and to Santa Fe Opera to stage a new production of  Don Giovanni


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Stephen began his directing career as an apprentice director at the Glyndebourne Festival and subsequently the

Royal Opera, Covent Garden where he assisted on over 30 productions. During this time he also worked as an assistant/associate director at the Royal National Theatre, the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg and in London’s West End.


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As revival director: Madama ButterflyTosca and Roméo et Juliette (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Otello (Glyndebourne Festival Opera and San Francisco Opera) and La Rondine (Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House,

Covent Garden, Opéra Monte Carlo, San Francisco Opera and the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse).