"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


                                                                                 Photo by Robert Workman

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 and colleges including:

  • The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
  • The Metropolitan Opera, New York
  • Glyndebourne Festival Opera
  • San Francisco Opera
  • Chicago Lyric Opera
  • The Santa Fe Opera
  • OpĂ©ra 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
  • British Youth Opera
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Stephen's production of Tosca  in London was unanimously praised as a landmark production and described by The Guardian as "the most brilliantly original production of Tosca to be seen in this country for decades".

Current and future projects include directing new productions of:
  • Fantoma de la Opera  Bucharest National Opereta
  • Flight  Opera Holland Park 
  • I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change  LAMDA
  • Le donne curiose  Guildhall 
  • Madama Butterfly  Danish National Opera