Justin Way enjoys a reputation as a young director of significant talent and accomplishment. In his short, prolific career, he has staged 35 operas and concerts and has assisted in the direction of 48 productions in Europe, Australia and the US. He has worked with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the English Touring Opera, Opera Australia, Fundació del Gran Teatre del Liceu, Gran Téâtre de Genève, Covent Garden Festival, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Festival Les Azuriales, Czech National Opera, Opera Fountainbleau, Rome Opera, Clerkenwell Music Festival, Bregenzer Festspiele, Chicago Opera Theater, Central City Opera, Canadian Opera Company, the Minnesota Opera and Washington National Opera.
Invited to join The Royal Opera House Covent Garden for its re-opening in 1999, Mr. Way has since directed major revivals and assisted in the direction of numerous new productions for the company culminating in his ROH debut directing a new production of The Beggars Opera for the company. Recently appointed Deputy Head of Stage Directors, Mr. Way has revived Madama Butterfly (Leiser & Caurier), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Lowery), and La Cenerentola (Leiser & Caurier), he has directed several casts in La traviata for the company’s Education Department, and has directed scenework for the Royal College of Music. Productions for which he has acted as assistant director for the company include Billy Budd (Zambello), The Tempest (Cairns), Duke Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung (Willy Decker), Wozzeck (Warner) and Greek Passion (Poutney) which both won Olivier Awards for Best Opera Production, Don Giovanni (Zambello), Pique Dame (Zambello), Tosca (Cox/Zeffirelli), Falstaff (Vick), Il trovatore (Moshinsky), Otello (Moshinsky), Rigoletto (Metcalfe), Ariadne auf Naxos (Loy), Der Fliegende Holländer (Judge), Die Meistersinger (Vick), and Parsifal (Gruber).
Mr. Way consistently adds new productions to his directorial repertoire. Recent new projects for Mr. Way include The Beggars Opera for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden at The Linbury Theatre and a return to Chicago Opera Theater where he will stage Cavalli’s Giasone. Company debuts in the season include The Minnesota Opera in a production of La bohème, Canadian Opera Company for Carmen and Seoul Opera for Così fan tutte.
Additional new productions include his highly acclaimed production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Orlando for Chicago Opera Theater, his celebrated new production of Alcina for Opera Australia – staged in both Sydney and Melbourne followed by Orlando, also for Opera Australia and his much admired new production of La Traviata created for the 75th anniversary celebration of Central City Opera in the US. Other work in recent seasons includes revivals of Madama Butterfly (Leiser & Caurier) which he directed for Fundació del Gran Teatre del Liceu, Ariadne auf Naxos which he directed for Gran Téâtre de Genève, Le nozze di Figaro (McVicar) and Das Rheingold (Warner) as part of 3 cycles of The Ring directed for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Assignments throughout his career have taken Mr. Way to his native Australia and Pinchgut Opera where he has staged enthusiastically celebrated new productions of Dardanus, Semele and The Fairy Queen. Other projects undertaken for ROH comprise Otello, Il trovatore and Greek Passion, new productions of Il turco in Italia (Leiser & Caurier), Das Rheingold/Die Walküre (Warner) and Faust (McVicar) on which he assisted, and a revival of Madama Butterfly (Leiser & Caurier) which he directed for the company.
Mr. Way’s early career also included new productions of Bizet’s Djamileh, performed in the round for the Festival Les Azuriales at Cap-Ferrat and at the Linbury Theatre at Covent Garden, two productions of Le nozze di Figaro: one for Opera Theatre of Lucca and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and the other on tour in France and Switzerland, all in addition to The Impressario and Odalisque which he directed for Opera Fountainbleau. Mr. Way enjoyed the additional privilege of directing the Covent Garden Festival’s Stephen Sondheim’s 70th birthday concert, The Remarkable Life of Mr. Kelly and Les Soirées Italiennes along with scenes for Bernard Haitink’s Farewell Gala for ROH.
Mr. Way has trained in theatre and opera houses throughout the world. He was appointed Affiliate Director of Sydney Theatre Company in 1996 and his early training includes work at the Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg and the Kirov, as well as, The Australian Opera. He has acted for Vortex, Australian Theatre for Young People and Sydney University Drama Society. He holds degrees in dramatic arts from the National Institute of Dramatic Art and the University of Sydney. Mr. Way is fluent in Italian, French, and German, in addition to his native English.