Artistic Director

Lynn BinstockLynn Binstock has directed operas in the UK, USA and Germany including Turandot, Don Giovanni (Seattle Opera), Nixon in China, Telemann’s Orpheus (Freiburg Opera), and her 4-in-1 showpiece Heroic Handel (English National Opera, Buxton Festival). Most recently for Unexpected Opera she developed and directed The Rinse Cycle and the Opera Chat Shows, (Carmen Chatter, Traviata Tells All and The Boys from Bohème).  She also wrote and directed Unexpected Opera’s operatic cabaret Opera Naked, about the lives of singers.   The show received 5-stars from Broadway Baby and an Argus Award for Artistic Excellence at the Brighton Fringe Festival 2014.

Her other productions for Unexpected Opera were The Barber of Savile Row (2008 & 2009 tours), A Pastoral Messiah (tours in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) and Orpheus Down Under (2010 tour). Lynn’s 2012 adaptation and production of Edward German’s Merrie England  for Opera South received 5 stars from Robert Thicknesse in Opera Now (April 2011). She returned to Opera South for Rossini’s Count Ory in 2012, which received 4 stars in the same publication, and she has just directed La Traviata for the company.

An Associate and Assistant Director at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Scottish Opera for more than 15 years, Lynn was Head of Staff Directors at ENO for 7 years, after which she became Artistic Administrator for the company’s Jerwood Young Singers Programme. Lynn has produced education projects for all of the UK’s major opera companies (ROH, ENO, Glyndebourne, WNO and Opera North). She was a founder of Curious Opera Group, which presented school workshops and large-scale projects in southwest London for 10 years, including the Community Opera Uncle Remus. Originally from the USA, Lynn came to the UK as a Marshall Scholar and completed a D.Phil. at New College, Oxford. She is now a British citizen.