John Ramster

John Ramster is a director, teacher and writer, his performed and published work stretching from opera to novels to stage-works. Suffolk-born, he was educated at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, reading History. He began his operatic career assisting the late Clare Venables, then joined Glyndebourne Festival and Tour as an Associate and Revival Producer, working on many productions there, reviving Peter Sellar's production of Handel's Theodora and Graham Vick's Così fan tutte. An Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, John was recently appointed Visiting Producer there, having been Drama Lecturer and Resident Producer for Royal Academy Opera for fifteen years, directing over 20 productions including Eugene Onegin, L'incoronazione di Poppea, The Lighthouse, The Rake's Progress. Productions elsewhere include: Agrippina (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte (Turku Festival, Finland), Lucia di Lammermoor (Belgrade National Opera, award for Best Direction), Don Giovanni, L'elisir d'amore (Opera Faber, Portugal), Il pastor fido (London Handel Festival), Ariodante (Cambridge Handel Opera Group); a self-penned pasticcio opera Kiss me, Figaro! (Merry Opera) was nominated for several Off-West-End Awards. His staged Messiah (Merry Opera) has toured biannually for the last five years to great acclaim. A teacher of stagecraft specifically for young opera singers for over twenty years, John has taught and directed at all the major London conservatoires. He is a visiting tutor for the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at Covent Garden, the National Opera Studio and the RADA design course. John’s first novel, Ladies’ Man, was translated into seven languages; he is currently writing a book on acting for opera singers, and an historical murder mystery set in Handel's London.