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Tim Hopkins is a stage director, scenographer, film maker and creative director. He also makes projects for opera and the digital realm.

He has directed productions for The Royal Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, Staatsoper Hannover, Bayerische Staatsoper Festspiele, Teatro Dell’Opera Roma, Theatre Basel, Bühnen Graz, Almeida Opera, The Aldeburgh Festival, South Bank Centre, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Proms, Alternative Lyrique Festival Paris, The Glimmerglass Festival, Wexford Festival, Dublin, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Batignano Opera Festival, English Touring Opera, Sage Gateshead, Channel 4, Aurora Orchestra, London Artists Projects, Welsh National Opera and others.

These include historic and contemporary repertoire, and, more recently, original projects he has created or made in collaboration, some using new media. He is also commissioned as Creative Director.

In 2001 he was awarded a Nesta Fellowship to consider opera in the light of new technologies; and in 2007, an Arts & Humanities Research Council Fellowship at the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre, University of Sussex. His relationship with Sussex continues through a part-time Research Fellowship in experimental music theatre.

He is currently making Empathy Machine, with composer Rob Thomas, (Opera for Virtual Reality systems, used in the field of conflict resolution, V & A Museum, Arts Council England, Glyndebourne, Artists and Engineers); and developing Melancholy Artefacts with composer Judith Weir, (a music / media / theatre piece evoking objects from the closing months of WW1);  Abiding Love, short films of Strauss’ Four Last Songs.

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