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Isabelle is an innovative director of opera and theatre, with a passion for 20th Century and contemporary music.  Staging classics and new work, she collaborates across many disciplines and has worked with creatives such as designers Hyemi Shin and Lizzie Clachan, dramaturg Uzma Hameed and choreographer Julia Cheng.  She is a member of the new Polyphonic collective and was the 2019-21 Jette Parker Young Artist Director at the Royal Opera House. She was a 2018 graduate of Columbia University’s MFA in Theatre Directing, led by Anne Bogart.

Directing credits include: The Turn of the Screw, by Benjamin Britten (Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal), Dido and Aeneas, by Henry Purcell (Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal), A double bill of Brecht & Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel (ROH Mainstage), Handel’s Susanna (ROH Linbury Theatre), The Marriage of Figaro (Waterperry Opera Festival), Susannah, by Carlisle Floyd (UCOpera, Bloomsbury Theatre), Dido & Aeneas (a site-specific, promenade production at the Queille Festival, Toulouse), Une Education Manquee (Arcola, Grimeborn Festival for Popup Opera), Ariodante (semi-staged, ROH Mainstage). Theatre credits include a world premiere workshop performance of Colm Toibin’s Pale Sister (PEN world voices festival, NYC), Manar, by Melis Aker (LPAC festival, NYC & staged reading at LaMAMA NYC), Arden Creatures (with Footfall Theatre company, Cockpit Theatre London), Machinal (Lenfest Center for the arts, NYC).

Revival directing credits

Otello (ROH mainstage 2022, director Keith Warner).

Assisting credits include

Lohengrin (Opera National de Paris, director Kirill Serebrennikov), Peter Grimes (Opéra National de Paris, Palais Garnier & ROH mainstage, director Deborah Warner), Wozzeck (ROH Mainstage, director Deborah Warner), Theodora (ROH mainstage, director Katie Mitchell), The Knife of Dawn, by Hannah Kendall (ROH Mainstage, director Ola Ince).  

Projects in Development

The Garden Party, a new electronic opera adapted from the Katherine Mansfield short story, in collaboration with composer Joanna Ward and librettist Joanna Pidcock. (Awarded a PRS women make music grant)