“Nowhere is our passion more evident than in our outreach team, so brilliantly led by Karen Gillingham”

Douglas Boyd and Nicola Creed

Karen Gillingham is a freelance opera director, facilitator and creative director of Garsington Opera Learning & Participation. Karen launched and was co-artistic director of the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company for nine years.

Directing credits include: PROM 66 at the Royal Albert Hall, The Happy Princess at Garsington Opera, Dare to Dream at the Royal Albert Hall, A Tale of Two Dragons BBC Singers at the Barbican, Water in the Desert at NYU arts centre Abu Dhabi, Bat out of Hackney at Hackney Empire, A Trip to the Moon at LSO Barbican with Sir Simon Rattle, Silver Birch at Garsington Opera, Watchers in the Wings a film for the Royal Opera House, Beautiful World at the National Theatre, Abu Dhabi, Hospital Passion Play at London’s V&A, The Magic Flute for Garsington Opera at West Green House, Twenty Women Singing a tour of  prisons with Welsh National Opera, Magna Carta – The Freedom Game at the Royal Albert Hall, Out of the ruins at Royal Opera House – A Gala Celebration, The Crackle (as associate director) -Royal Opera House Linbury, Worldskills opening ceremony at O2 London, South of the River with English National Opera and Beached with Opera North in Bridlington.

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Karen is represented by AHA Talent