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About Frederic

Engagements in his 2023/24 season include a revival of his acclaimed, prize-winning production of Peter Grimes for Oper Köln and Errollyn Wallen's Dido’s Ghost in San Francisco with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

His recent productions include L’elisir d’amore (Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo), The Rake’s Progress and Roméo et Juliette (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Arnaud Petit’s La bête dans la jungle (Oper Köln), Fidelio (Glyndebourne), Dido’s Ghost (Buxton & Edinburgh Festivals), La Finta Giardiniera (Glyndebourne & Teatro alla Scala), Adriana Lecouvreur (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Messiah (Berlin Philharmonie with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin/Robin Ticciati), Ariadne auf Naxos (Cleveland Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst & Teatro alla Scala), Eugene Onegin (Opéra national du Rhin), Le nozze di Figaro (Teatro alla Scala), Renard (Konzerthaus Berlin with United Ensemble Berlin/Vladimir Jurowski) and Jephtha (Buxton Festival).

He is Artistic Director of Mahogany Opera, with whom he has created a number of new works – Folie a Deux by Emily Hall and Sjón (Borealis Festival, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Sakrum Profanum Krakow and Spitalfields Festival), Lost in Thought by Rolf Hind (Barbican and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg), Mozart vs Machine by Dominic Robertson (Folkestone Fringe, High Tide Festival Aldeburgh and Sound Festival Aberdeen), On What Weft was Woven the Waters by Rolf Hind (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) and The Mother by Laurence Osborn and Theo Merz (POSK London).

Previous projects with Mahogany of extant work include Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtale (Bregenz Festspiele, the Royal Opera’s Linbury Studio and Buxton Festival), Britten’s Church Parables (Hermitage St Petersburg and Aldeburgh, Buxton and City of London Festivals), Birtwistle’s Bow Down (Brighton, Latitude, Norfolk and Norwich and Spitalfields Festivals), Berio’s Laborintus (LSO St Luke’s) and Stravinsky’s Renard and Walton’s The Bear (The Village Underground).

A major part of his work with Mahogany involves working with children. Frederic has recently created 10 new Snappy Operas (ten-minute operas for children aged 8-11) with composers including Errollyn Wallen, Philip Venables, Gwyneth Herbert, Kerry Andrew and Stephen Deazley. He has also directed UK tours of Brundibár by Hans Krása and a new version of Rumplestiltskin called The Rattler.

He is also one of the team behind Mica Moca with whom he has curated and directed various large-scale multi-disciplinary performances such as Mica Moca – project Berlin 2011, Nature au Galop – Paris 2016, Tempelhofer Wald 2019, and worked with many artists including dancers Ahmed Soura, Minako Seki, Rosabel Huguet, video designer Sylwek Luszak and jazz musicians Sofia Jernberg, Johannes Lauer and Richard Koch.

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23/24 Season Highlights

Oct 2023 - Oct 2023
Oper Köln
Peter Grimes (Britten)
Nov 2023 - Nov 2023
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Dido's Ghost (Errollyn Wallen) John Butt (conductor) Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale