Stefan Janski, Director

Stefan Janski trained as an actor, teacher, writer and director in London. He directed Theatre-In-Education and was Co-Producer/Librettist for Sadler’s Wells/English National Opera Workshop; The Snowman of Kashmir, for which he wrote the libretto, was published by Universal Edition in 1974. Following four seasons as Associate Director with Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera he joined English National Opera as Staff Director.

His freelance work includes productions for Northern Ireland Opera Trust, Brighton, Royal Academy of Music, Oxford and London Universities, Nantes Opera, Wexford Festival, Scottish Opera, English National Opera, British Youth Opera, Barbican, City of London Opera, Los Angeles Opera, BBC Philharmonic - Death in Venice (at both the Bridgewater Hall and Royal Festival Hall), Lélio (also at the Melbourne Festival), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogonny (BBC Prom); Goyescas and L’heure espagnole (BBC Prom), Aix-en-Musique, Mananan Festival, Ryedale Festival. Musicals for the Royal Ballet of Flanders - My Fair Lady, West Side Story and The King and I. 

Stefan joined the staff of the RNCM in 1986 and is Director of Opera Studies. Productions include Don Carlo and The Rape of Lucretia , Falstaff, From the House of the Dead, La Bohème, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni, Into the Woods; Orleanskya Dyeva; Albert Herring, many of which were awarded or nominated for Manchester Evening News Theatre awards. He also directed The Lighthouse as part of the RNCM Maxwell Davies Resonances Festival, La Cenerentola (Manchester Evening News Opera Award 2005), La Rondine, The Threepenny Opera, The Cunning Little Vixen, Eugene Onegin (nominated for the MEN award for best opera) and The Marriage of Figaro; Il combattimento di Tancredi et Clorinda and La Serva Padrona (Goldberg Ensemble French Tour).