Award winning stage director, Caroline Clegg, born in Lancashire moved to London aged 17 to study as an actor and dancer. She had a successful career in musicals, regional theatre, TV and film before completing a master's degree in music and drama at the University of Manchester and beginning a career in opera as a staff director at Welsh National Opera. Caroline is also an independent producer and CEO/Artistic Director of the award-winning company Feelgood Theatre Productions which she founded in 1994.
Her current and forthcoming operatic work includes The Threepenny Opera (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) Song of our Heartland – the Peoples Opera (Opera North) with composer Will Todd and librettist Emma Hunt Jenkins and a new commission for Welsh National Opera 2021.
Recent credits include director of the world premiere of Rhonnda Rips it Up (WNO), (nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award and an International Opera Award) Director of the UK premiere of Dead Man Walking (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - RCS); director and choreographer for Orfeo and Euridice (Scottish Opera Young Company); director of Romeo and Juliet (Feelgood), the double bill of Savitri and Emperor of Atlantis (RCS)and Rigoletto (Longborough Festival Opera). She was dramaturg for the world premiere of Armitage/Kaner’s Hansel and Gretel (Goldfield Productions). Previous engagements include the world premiere of Tokaido Road (Nicola Lefanu/ Cheltenham Festival) and stadium productions of Aida and Carmen (Companions Opera in Zurich and Hamburg).
Caroline has worked alongside Sir David Pountney; movement director and associate on Lulu for WNO (which she revived at Teatro Communale, Bolzano) and as revival director on Paradise Moscow (Opera North and Bregenz Festival) and Janacek's House of the Dead (WNO; the Janacek Festival in Brno, Savonlinna Opera Festival and Teatro Massimo, Sicily).
Caroline has a strong association with Opera North for whom past projects include directing Something Wonderful (Sally Burgess) and as movement director on Peter Mumford’s Das Rheingold.
Other music based work includes: Errollyn Waller's Look No Hands, Il Campanello (Buxton Festival), the musical From the Hart (New End Theatre, Hampstead), the world premiere of Gorb and Kaye’s opera Anya17(Liverpool Philharmonic/Ten Festival), and with Halle Orchestra, the award nominated staging of Seven Deadly Sins, the children’s opera Brundibar at the opening of Imperial War Museum North and the first British staging of the Shostakovich opera The Silly Little Mouse. With Manchester Camerata the world premiere of Aesop's Fables for the opening of The Bridgewater Hall.
As an independent producer and director, she has created major special international events in collaboration with city councils and broadcast TV including the world wide broadcast of The Millennium Bug (BBC) and the acclaimed music theatre a capella Romeo & Juliet – Thando & Ruvhengo created in Zimbabwe as a cultural collaboration and award winning documentary for the Commonwealth Games (Manchester).
Feelgood with its diverse repertoire tours nationally, West End and internationally specialising in innovative new commissions and classics at site-specific and traditional venues in the UK, Africa and Europe. Caroline is passionate about international cross cultural and multi-disciplinary relationships particularly stimulating explorations of vocal a capella, opera, harmony, drumming and language.
Feelgood's ground-breaking work has been presented to HRH The Queen, and in the House of Lords with the hard hitting play Slave – A Question of Freedom which won the inaugural Media Award presented in the house of commons; Best New Play Award at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards, and Best Director, Caroline has also won the inaugural Pete Postlethwaite Award, Best Opera and Best Production; honoured with the Annie Horniman award for outstanding services to live theatre, the John Thaw Fellowship at the University of Manchester and last year a Queens High Sherriff Award. Feelgood is now the resident company in Europe's biggest municipal park - Heaton Park.
"As a director Caroline is an individualist with great flair and a fierce passion for telling a good story in a unique way. As head of Feelgood she has her finger on the pulse and is a razor-sharp strategic producer". Robert Robson, (former Artistic Director the Lowry Theatre)