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In addition to new commissions, many versions that were originally made for my own productions have been subsequently used by other companies, from small student outfits right up to English National Opera and the Royal Opera House.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

  • El 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