Walter Sutcliffe directs critically acclaimed opera and theatre productions internationally and was appointed artistic director of Northern Ireland Opera in January 2017. His productions for Opera Frankfurt of L'Orontea and Owen Wingrave were nominated in Opernwelt 2015 and 2010, and his production of Cosi fan Tutte won Best Design and Best Female Performer at the Estonian Theatre Awards 2009.

Opera productions include Otello (Teatro Regio, Torino), Turn of the Screw (Theatre du Capitole, Toulouse), L'Orontea, Owen Wingrave and Ghost Sonata (Oper Frankfurt), Le Grand Macabre and Der Zwerg (Theater Chemnitz), La traviata and Luisa Miller (Braunschweig), Kiss me Kate and Werther (Magdeburg), Don Giovanni and Orpheus in the Underworld (Osnabrueck), Zar und Zimmerman (Bremerhaven), Die Fledermaus (Halberstadt), Albert Herring (Landestheater Linz), Cosi fan Tutte and Carmen (Estonian National Opera, Tallinn), Tippett’s The Knot Garden (Klangbogen Festival, Vienna), and Janacek’s Sarka (Dicapo Opera New York). Theatre work includes Strindberg’s The Great Highway (Gate Theatre, London), Fry’s The Lady’s not for Burning (Finborough Theatre, London) and Stravinsky's The Soldier’s Tale (BAC, London)

Current plans include Tiefland for Theatre du Capitole, Toulouse, Rigoletto for Santiago, Chile and Teatro Il Colon Buenos Aires,  Manon Lescaut (Theater Osnabrück) and Agripinna (Grange Festival, UK). 


Walter is represented by Michael Lewin Management.