He made his European debut at Opera North in 1998, with a production of The Bartered Bride that was nominated for numerous major awards and went to the Opéra National du Rhin the following year. His American debut followed three years later, an award-winning and much-acclaimed production of Wozzeck at the Santa Fe Festival.
Recent opera productions include Rigoletto for the Grange Park Festival, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Cenerentola for the Garsington Festival, Lohengrin, a Houston Grand Opera/Geneva co-production, Xerxes for the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Peter Grimes for Geneva, L'Arbore di Diana for the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia and Samson for the Buxton Festival, nominated for the Manchester Evening News "Best Opera Production" Award. In Valencia he has also directed The Bartered Bride and Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery. That production started life at the Glyndebourne Festival, where Daniel Slater renewed a collaboration with Vladimir Jurowski begun five years earlier on Wozzeck. He has also directed Falstaff at Grange Park as well as a production of Don Pasquale which began life at Garsington, then went to Geneva and Caen, was broadcast live on Arte and released as a DVD on the Opus Arte label. He recently directed a revival of his L'Elisir d'Amore at WNO, a hugely successful production which originated at Opera North in 2000. At Opera North he also created a Manon, as well as a Manon Lescaut which later proved a massive hit in Oslo and Oviedo. Another highlight of the last few years was a production of The Cunning Little Vixen, which opened at the Bregenz Festival, before going to San Francisco and Geneva. His work has been seen at all the regional UK companies and festivals as well as in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Spain, the USA and New Zealand.
Theatre productions include Making Waves at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough; Confusions, Salisbury Playhouse; Life Goes On, Haymarket Theatre; Grab the Dog, Royal National Theatre Studio; The Mark, Soho Theatre Company; Gangster Apparel, Old Red Lion; Up Shit Creek, Canal Cafe Theatre; The Honest Whore and Three Birds Alighting on a Field (both RADA).
In 2012 he will directing new productions of Traviata for Houston Grand Opera, Tristan und Isolde in Oslo, Don Giovanni for Garsington and Eugene Onegin for Opera Holland Park, as well as revivals of The Bartered Bride in New Zealand and Lohengrin for San Francisco Opera. He is also planning new productions of Tannhäuser for Estonian National Opera, Paul Bunyan for Chicago Opera Theater and Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Garsington. A fluent speaker of French, German, Spanish, Swedish and Italian, he began his opera career as an assistant director at Opera North, the ROH and the Opéra National de Paris. Before that he worked as the Associate Director of the Nottingham Playhouse and the Tricycle Theatre, as well as Artistic Director of Bristol Express. He was educated at the United World College of the Atlantic, Bristol, where he took a first-class degree in English, and Cambridge, where he received a PhD for his thesis on Nietzsche's influence on D.H. Lawrence.
Daniel Slater lives in London.
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