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polly graham - opera director

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Opera and theatre director Polly Graham is Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera and Loud Crowd. She read English at Trinity College, Dublin and trained at RADA, with Teatr Pieśń Kosła and Le Théâtre du Soleil.

Graham spent two years as Genesis Assistant Director at Welsh National Opera, mentored by David Pountney and assisting Mariusz Trelinski and Pierre Audi amongst others.

Her directing work for Welsh National Opera includes Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé, the UK premiere of Iain Bell’s A Christmas Carol; Unheard Voices: CREW as well as Maxwell Davies Kommilitonen! for Welsh National Youth Opera.Elsewhere she staged the UK première of Karl Amadeus Hartmann Simplicius Simplicissimus for Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells; A Christmas Carol for Fondazione Haydn, Trento; Le Vin Herbé (Der Zaubertrank) for Theater St Gallen; Mr Punch and Me for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Nighthawks for Yellow Earth Theatre’s Dim Sum Nights UK Tour, Alcina  with Barefoot Opera at the Arcola Theatre as part of Grimeborn Festival and Old Pye, a film co-directed with Simon Drew, for English National Opera’s Baylis programme, Dido and Aeneas for Blackheath Community Opera and The Emperor of Atlantis with Loud Crowd.

Polly Graham was the recipient of the Independent Opera Director Fellowship 2016. Her stagings have won Best Opera Production in the Wales Theatre Awards in both 2016 & 2017; she was nominated in the Newcomer category of the 2017 International Opera Awards and for the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2017.