From: Winnipeg, Canada. LA Opera: Così fan tutte (2025, debut).

Michael Cavanagh is a stage director with an opera career spanning more than two decades. He has directed more than 140 productions at companies throughout North America and Europe. His seven productions at San Francisco Opera include Nixon in China, which he remounted in five cities including Dublin and Stockholm. In the United States, he has also directed for the opera companies in Philadelphia, Boston, Honolulu, Austin, Kansas City, Minneapolis and San Diego, among others. Since 2021, he has been the artistic director and head of opera at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, where he recently had a great success with a new production of Aida and a hugely successful production of Sweeney Todd.