John La Bouchardière

Director

John La Bouchardière made his Florentine Opera debut in 2009 with his celebrated production of Handel’s Semele.

Born in Hampshire, England, La Bouchardière was a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford, studied music, drama and opera to post-graduate level at Birmingham University and worked widely across Europe and beyond as an assistant and revival director for companies including BBC, Channel 4, English National Opera, New Israeli Opera, Opera Graz, Opéra National du Rhin, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Teatro Liceu (Barcelona) Vlaamse Opera, Teatro São Carlos (Lisbon), La Fenice and Opera Zurich.

Recent productions include The Full Monteverdi with the British vocal ensemble, I Fagiolini, (international tour and winning a Royal Philharmonic Society Award); The Medium and Ten Belles for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Rigoletto for Opera Holland Park; Eugene OneginSemele andTamerlano for Scottish Opera; Don Giovanni in Varna, Bulgaria; Kvinneliv for Sommersang, Ringve; Carmen for Opera Nordfjordeid and Giasone for the Royal Academy of Music.

La Bouchardière also works in film and television; his acclaimed movie, The Full Monteverdi (based on his live production), has been released worldwide in cinemas, on television and DVD, and was awarded a Choc du monde de la musique. As Creative Director of Polyphonic Films Ltd, he recently wrote and directed a series of his new classical music performance and talk show, Music Room.