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Deborah Warner, opera director


Warner was born in Oxfordshire, England. She is a granddaughter of the cricketer Sir Pelham Warner. Her productions with Kick Theatre Company which she founded in 1980, were of some of the great theatrical texts - Shakespeare, Brecht, Buchner. Her success there led to her working with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1999 she made her first venture into cinema with The Last September, an adaptation of a novel by Elizabeth Bowen .

In addition to her highly-praised work in theatre, television and film, Deborah Warner has directed Wozzeck and La Voix Humaine for Opera North and both Don Giovanni and Fidelio for Glyndebourne. For English National Opera she has directed Britten's Death in Venice, Bach's St. John Passion and Janacek's Diary of one who Vanished with performances at the Royal National Theatre, London and Lincoln Center. In 2003, flocks of theatergoers took part in ''The Angel Project,'' a city-wide theatrical scavenger hunt that kicked off that summer's Lincoln Center Festival.

In 1989 Deborah Warner was named Best Director in the Laurence Olivier Awards for Titus Andronicus, and has also won awards for her work on Hedda Gabler and Medea. She won the Evening Standard and South Bank Awards for Britten's The Turn of the Screw for the Royal Opera. Warner was created a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) on 17 June 2006.



Deborah Warner being the director as well as the actors, "Happy Days" by Samuel Becket, National Theater London