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Sir Graham Vick, 1953 – 2021

Remembering Graham Vick

Graham Vick was our Director of Productions between 1994 and 2000, though his roots at Glyndebourne go back to the late 1970s when he first assisted Jonathan Miller on Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

During his extensive career, it’s hard to overstate Graham’s impact on Glyndebourne and the wider opera world. We’ll remember him not only as one of the finest directors of his generation but as someone who shaped the careers of the fellow opera-makers fortunate to be in the room with him. Working on a Graham Vick production was, for many, a defining experience.

A passionate advocate for the audience, Graham was driven by the desire to highlight opera’s ongoing relevance, knowing its power to transform lives. He continually challenged us to think differently about the artform we thought we knew. Though that creative journey wasn’t always easy, the results speak for themselves – his Eugene Onegin (1994), Lulu (1996) and Pelléas et Mélisande (1999), amongst others, are still reference points today.

As we mourn the loss of one of opera’s ‘greats’, we’ll continue to be inspired by Graham’s dedication, passion and intense creativity.


Image credits: Header – Hipermestra rehearsals, 2017. Photo by Sam Stephenson.

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