Netia Jones has forged a reputation as one of the most imaginative opera directors working in Britain today. Her previous productions at the Barbican include Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are / Higglety Pigglety Pop! (2012), Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (2015) and Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River (2013), also with Britten Sinfonia and Ian Bostridge. She is the director of Lightmap, a mixed media creative studio working in the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2013 she created A Living Thing for the LA Philharmonic – a concert event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall with multiple projections, video installations and live film, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
For the Royal Opera House she has directed the Georg Friedrich Haas song cycle, Atthis (2015) and György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments (2013) at the Linbury Studio Theatre. Jones has made several site-specific multimedia performances with large scale projection mapping including Everlasting Light and The Way to the Sea (Aldeburgh Festival); Cross Currents at Tilbury Docks; The Seafarer, an installation around Messiaen’s Louange à L’Éternité de Jésus at the South Bank and O Let Me Weep for Opera North. Forthcoming projects include Beckett’s Stirrings Still in Paris, Schoenberg’s Erwartung for Bergen National Opera and The Illuminated Heart for the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in New York.