Obituary: Stage Director Andrew Sinclair Dies

By Francisco Salazar

Australian Director Andrew Sinclair has died.

Born in Melbourne, Sinclair was an internationally recognized opera stage director who worked at some of the most important opera houses in the world including the Royal Opera House, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera de Montreal, and Opera Australia. He also directed works in Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Miami, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Singapore, Western Australia, and  Buenos Aires.

Additionally, Sinclair directed productions for all the major Australian companies, and in New Zealand for the opera companies of Christchurch and Wellington.

From 1983 to 1985 he was Principal Resident Director of Opera Australia where his production of “La bohème” won a TV Emmy Award in 1989. He also directed productions of “Otello,” “Die Walküre,” “Un ballo in maschera,” Menotti’s “The Consul,” and “Peter Grimes.”

Sinclair became a Staff Director for The Royal Opera in 1994 and worked with the company until 2019 where he worked as the revival director on “Turandot,” “La Traviata,” “Tosca,” “Werther,” “Der Rosenkavalier,” and Ariadne auf Naxos. With teh London opera house he assisted Franco Zeffirelli, John Copley, Goetz Freidrich, Harry Kupfer, and Elijah Moshinsky.

Over the years he worked on various repertoire from Monteverdi, Strauss, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini to Maw and Bristwistle and directed such artists as Placido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, Brian Hymel, Renee Fleming, Ermonela Jaho, Lise Lindstrom, Eva Maria Westbroek, Alexandra Kurzak and Bryn Terfel.