Award winning stage director, Caroline Clegg was born on a farm in Lancashire and moved to London aged 17 to study as an actor and dancer. She had a successful career in West End 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.
Her current and forthcoming operatic work includes: the UK stage premiere of Dead Man Walking (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Song of our Heartland Northern Heartlands People’s Opera, a new site-specific opera commission for Opera North with composer Will Todd and libretto by the poet Tony Walsh.
Recent credits include director of the world premiere of Rhonnda Rips it Up (WNO), nominated for an International Opera Award in the Best World Premiere category; 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 premier of Tokaido Road (Nicola Lefanu/ Cheltenham Festival) and stadium productions of Aida and Carmen (Companions Opera in Zurich and Hamburg).
Caroline has great experience as a Revival Director, particularly of the work of David Pountney, with such productions including Janacek's House of the Dead (WNO and the Janacek Festival in Brno, Savonlinna Opera Festival and Teatro Massimo, Sicily) and Paradise Moscow (Opera North and Bregenz Festival). She was associate and movement director of his Lulu (WNO and which she revived at Teatro Communale, Bolzano). Caroline has a strong association with Opera North for whom past projects include directing Something Wonderful and as movement director on Peter Mumford’s Das Rheingold.
Other music based work ranges from musicals to classical concerts including From the Hart (New End Theatre, Hampstead), the world premier of Gorb and Kaye’s Anya17 (Liverpool Philharmonic/Ten Festival), and with Halle Orchestra, the award nominated staging of Seven Deadly Sins and the children’s opera Brundibar at the opening of Imperial War Museum North. she also directed the first British staging of the Shostakovich opera The Silly Little Mouse and with Manchester Camerata the world premiere of Aesop's Fables for the opening of The Bridgewater Hall.
In 1994 Caroline founded the multi-award-winning company Feelgood Theatre Productions which continues to tour nationally, West End and internationally specialising in site specific classics and multi-disciplinary work in UK, Africa and Europe. Her innovative work with Feelgood 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 and the John Thaw Fellowship at the University of Manchester. Feelgood is now the resident company in Europe's biggest municipal park - Heaton Park in Manchester.