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Oliver Mears



Nominated for the Achievement in Opera category for his inspiring leadership of Northern Ireland Opera, TMA Awards 2012

Nominated for Best Newcomer Award (Conductor or Director) International Opera Awards 2013

Winner of The Irish Times Theatre Award 2012 for Best Opera Production


Oliver is Director of Opera at The Royal Opera House. Previous to this Oliver Mears was Founding Artistic Director of Northern Ireland Opera from 2010 - 2017. 


Oliver studied at Lincoln College, Oxford University to gain a Double First class BA Degree in English and History.


Eugene Onegin

Scottish Opera, Glasgow

Set & Costume. Annemarie Woods

Lighting Designer. Fabiana Piccioli

Chor. Ashley Page

L'elisir d'amore Oslo Opera House
Set Designer: Annemarie Woods
Aida Theatre Magdeburg, Germany
Noye's Fludde Nevill Holt Opera

Nevill Holt Opera


Nevill Holt Opera

Des. Simon Holdsworth

L'Elisir d'Amore (from NIO)

Nevilla Holt Opera

Des. Annemarie Woods

Don Giovanni NIO (originally created Bergen, Norwegian National Opera)
Macbeth Welsh National Opera
Des: Annemarie Woods
Turn of the Screw (revival) Northern Ireland Opera
Des: Annemarie Woods
Don Giovanni

Bergen Nasjonale Opera, Norway

Des. Annemarie Woods

Salome Northern Ireland Opera.
Des: Annemarie Woods
Agrippina Irish Youth Opera in a co-production with NIO
Des: Annemarie Woods
Turn of the Scew The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre, Moscow
Des. Annemarie Woods
The Magic Flute Northern Ireland Opera
Des. Simon Holdsworth
Macbeth Northern Ireland Opera
Des. Annemarie Woods
L'Elisir d'Amore Northern Ireland Opera
Set Des. Annemarie Woods
Noye's Fludde Shanghai, KT Wong Foundation
The Bear

Northern Ireland Opera

Des. Simon Holdsworth

The Magic Flute Nevill Holt Opera
Des. Simon Holdsworth
The Flying Dutchman

Northern Ireland Opera

Des. Simon Holdsworth

Noye's Fludde Beijing, KT Wong Foundation
Hansel & Gretel Northern Ireland Opera
Des. Simon Holdsworth
Noye's Fludde Northern Ireland Opera
Des. Simon Holdsworth
Turn of The Screw Northern Ireland Opera
Des. Annemarie Woods
Orpheus in the Underworld Scottish Opera Go Round, Northern Ireland Opera, Young Vic
Des. Simon Holdsworth
Albert Herring Aldeburgh Music
Des. Annemarie Woods
Tosca Northern Ireland Opera (site specific production)
Des. Simon Holdsworth
My Dad's a Birdman by David Almond Young Vic
The Knife's Tears Prague/Brno
Des. Simon Holdsworth
Studio Showcase National Opera Studio
The Bear Nationale Reisopera, Grachtenfestival
Des. Simon Holdsworth
Scenes National Opera Studio
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Schools Project) Glyndebourne Opera Education
Hansel and Gretel Opera North Education
Trouble in Tahiti - Bernstein
A Hand of Bridge - Barber
Fade (World Premiere) - Stefan Weisman
Second Movement, Hoxton Hall, London
Des. Simon Holdsworth
La Calisto by Cavalli Iford Arts Festival
Des. Chloe Lamford

Rothschild's Violin
Tears of the Knife
The Two Blindmen

Covent Garden Film Studios
Second Movement
Des. Simon Holdsworth

2001 - 2006
My Brother's Keeper C Central, Edinburgh Festival
and The Pleasance Theatre, London.
Apikoros Theatre Company
The Impresario
The Medium
Covent Garden Film Studios
Second Movement
Des. Simon Holdsworth

Trouble In Tahiti

Hoxton Hall, London
Second Movement
Des. Simon Holdsworth

Mozart & Salieri

The Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair
Second Movement

Ward 6

Caird Company


Kings Head

The Lesson Kings Head
Judith Kings Head
1998 - 2000
Productions at Oxford include; The Importance of Being Earnest, The Changling, The Merchant of Venice, Mein Kampf, The Birds, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and The Government Inspector


5th September 2017

The Royal Opera House is to offer stalls tickets for it's most popular productions for as little as £10, rather than the usual £230. Mears is bringing them back as part of his grand plan to democratise opera and dispel its elitist reputation.

The Daily Telegraph



12th September 2016

Oliver Mears to be Royal Opera House's director of opera.  The ROH announced that he will succeed Kasper Holten who leaves London in March 2017.  Alex Beard, the ROH's chief executive said it was "a very exciting appointment."


Agrippina (Lime Tree, Limerick co-pro with Northern Ireland Opera)


It's an evening to remember

The Irish Times


There was sustained applause and standing ovation
Irish Examiner

Salome (Northern Ireland Opera)

Stylishly led by Oliver Mears and generously cushioned by the Arts Council, Northern Ireland Opera has built a considerable reputation in recent years for sparky, edgy work that engages with native musicians and creates a bit of a splash.

**** a white knuckle ride that never lets up

The Guardian

The first-night audience was gripped and enthusiastic..

The Daily Telegraph

**** Northern Ireland Opera's production by Oliver Mears missed nothing in presenting the stark, often disturbing and unsettling nature of this opera.
Belfast Telegraph


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