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        Tracey Elliston



Mathilda is a British director who works  internationally across opera, theatre, and film. Mathilda was the Jette Parker Stage Director for The Royal Opera during the 2022/23 season. 

Directing credits include: Arminio, Handel, (The Royal Opera, Linbury Theatre), La Boheme  (Nevill Holt Opera), Arianna a Naxos (The Royal Opera), Panic (Montpellier Opera), and the 20th Anniversary staged summer celebration scenes on the mainstage of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Antonio Pappano. This season Mathilda will direct a production of Vivaldi's Four Seasons recomposed by Max Richter for Neue Oper Fribourg. 

Mathilda has worked as an assistant director with Richard Jones on Rhinegold and Valkyrie at English National Opera; Rumpelstiltskin, a feature film produced by The Ballet Boyz; and Alcina, Clemenza di Tito and Frankenstein!!, for ROH. She was also assistant director to Oliver Mears at ROH on Rigoletto and Jephtha, and to Jamie Manton on La Traviata at Nevill Holt Opera and The Cunning Little Vixen at ENO. Mathilda has worked with John Fulljames on Nixon in China at Scottish Opera, David McVicar at ROH, and with Tim Carroll at the Verbier Festival, on Rigoletto and Die Zauberflote.

She has trained with Katie Mitchell on The Royal Opera emerging director scheme, and also with The Young Vic on their springboard and satellite programmes.

During the 2020/21 season Mathilda was on a new work residency with Montpellier Opera and developed two new chamber works with composers. 


She studied at the University of Manchester where she graduated with a first class Music degree, and was awarded the Hargreaves composition prize as well as the prize for academic achievement. She was formerly assistant producer for The Linbury Theatre, and previously worked on the production team at Opera Holland Park. 

Mathilda also writes music for theatre and film. She has recently written a new contemporary dance piece with choreographer Miguel Altunaga, which will premiere at the Place in London.  She has previously written vocal and chamber work, including Let Me Concentrate on Fiction and We are Humans Just Like you, which awarded her the Hargreaves Composition Prize. 

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