Christopher Cowell

In tandem with my work as a freelance opera director, I have put my modern languages degree to use over the years in preparing translations of opera for performance in English.

In addition to new commissions, many versions that were originally made for my own productions have been subsequently used by other companies, from small student outfits right up to English National Opera and the Royal Opera House. Alongside these live performances, full-length stage-works and individual arias have also been recorded as part of the Chandos Records “Opera in English” series. Any new translation is prepared in close collaboration with director, conductor and singers to ensure that it is tailor-made for the individual needs of each production and artist. In order to get the best results, existing translations may be re-visited and adapted in the same way. Being passionate about the accessibility of opera in the language of the audience, I am always interested in discussing any requirements for new opera translations or for single arias that are not already on the website. All my work is done on a bespoke basis, no job too large or too small.

Selected opera Productions

Le Cid: Massenet
Dorset Opera Festival 2018

Don Giovanni: Mozart
Royal Academy Opera School 2017

May Night: Rimsky-Korsakov
Royal Academy Opera School 2016

Cendrillon: Massenet
Royal Academy Opera School 2013

Cosi fan Tutte: Mozart
Aarhus Sommeropera 2012

Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Rossini
Danish National Opera 2011

L’Elisir d’amore: Donizetti
Aarhus Sommeropera 2008

Le nozze di Figaro: Mozart
Den Ny Opera 2005

Il Viaggio a Reims: Rossini
Chicago Opera Theater 2004

Agrippina: Händel
London Handel Festival 2003

La traviata: Verdi
Glyndebourne Touring Opera 2003

Semele: Händel
Chicago Opera Theater 2002

Rodelinda: Händel
Glyndebourne Touring Opera 1998

Le Comte Ory: Rossini
Glyndebourne touring Opera 1997