John Cox biography

John Cox

Opera Director

1935 –


Who is John Cox?

John Cox is an English opera director. Born in Bristol, he was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and trained at Glyndebourne as assistant to Carl Ebert, and then at the York Theatre Royal and BBC television, made his directing debut with Ravel's L'enfant et les sortil├Ęges for the Sadler's Wells company in 1965.

In 1971 he was appointed as the first director of production at Glyndebourne, to oversee existing productions and create new ones. During his tenure he worked with designers including David Hockney, Sir Hugh Casson, Michael Annals and William Dudley. The critic Rodney Milnes singles out for mention Cox's Glyndbourne productions of Richard Strauss operas: Ariadne auf Naxos, Capriccio, Intermezzo, Die schweigsame Frau, Der Rosenkavalier and Arabella.

Cox succeeded Peter Ebert as general administrator and artistic director of Scottish Opera in 1981, holding the post until 1986. In 1988 he was appointed production director of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

As well as Strauss, Cox is particularly known for his Mozart and Rossini productions. In 2000 he collaborated with John Stoddart to stage Capriccio at the Sydney Opera House during the 2000 Summer Olympics. He has also worked widely in Europe and the USA. Milnes mentions in particular Daphne in Munich, Don Carlos in San Francisco, Un ballo in maschera in Sydney and Patience, one of the English National Opera's longest-running successes. For the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Cox directed Capriccio in 2011.


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Mar 12, 1935
  • England
Lived in
  • Bristol

on July 23, 2013

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