Stephen Lawless has directed LA Opera productions of Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore, L’Elisir d’Amore, Don Pasquale and Falstaff.

He was director of production for the Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1986 to 1991, where his work culminated in an immensely successful production of Death in Venice, which was subsequently recorded by the BBC for television and video release. The production was revived at the 1992 Glyndebourne Festival. He made his debut with the Kirov Opera in Leningrad producing Boris Godunov which was broadcast live on British television, the first-ever live telecast of an opera from the Soviet Union to the U.K.

His productions include Roberto Devereux, Capriccio and Boris Godunov for San Francisco Opera; Boris Godunov for the Vienna State Opera; The Flying Dutchman, Daphne, Capriccio, Semele, and Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci for the New York City Opera; Il Trovatore, Vanessa, and L’Elisir d’Amore for Washington National Opera and Philadelphia Opera; The Marriage of Figaro and La Bohème for Lyric Opera of Chicago; The Marriage of Figaro, Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci, La Clemenza di Tito, Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, and Boris Godunov for the Dallas Opera; Scarlatti’s Griselda for the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin; Boris Godunov and Un Ballo in Maschera for Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Orfeo, Tancredi, and a double bill of Iolanta and Francesca da Rimini for the Theater an der Wien. He received critical acclaim for his directing of Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera. Future engagements include The Marriage of Figaro for San Diego Opera, Káťa Kabanová for Scottish Opera, and Così fan tutte for Essen’s Aalto-Musiktheater.