"Barlow has a conspicuous talent: international opera houses should be knocking at his door"

Edward Seckerson, The Independent

"Stephen Barlow has become one of the most talked about opera directors within the last couple of years" 

Keith McDonell, What's On Stage



Stephen Barlow is an Australian born, London based opera & musical theatre director.

He has staged productions for many of the world's leading opera companies including:

  • The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
  • The Metropolitan Opera, New York
  • Glyndebourne Festival Opera
  • Danish National Opera
  • San Francisco Opera
  • Chicago Lyric Opera
  • The Santa Fe Opera
  • Opéra Monte Carlo
  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
  • Bucharest National Opera
  • Bucharest National Opereta
  • Wexford Festival Opera
  • Opera Holland Park
  • Singapore Lyric Opera
  • Mid Wales Opera
and also directed/taught for the leading opera & musical theatre academies in London:
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • British Youth Opera
  • London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
  • Arts Educational Schools
  • Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey
  • Mountview Theatre Academy
  • London School of Musical Theatre 

Current and future projects include directing new productions of:
  • Fantoma de la Opera  Bucharest National Opereta
  • Madama Butterfly  Danish National Opera
  • La Bohème  Opera Holland Park 
  • Cosi fan tutte Central City Opera (Colorado)