Annilese Miskimmon’s association with RIAM Opera goes back to 2009 when she directed La Finta Giardiniera. This was followed by Così fan tutte in 2010 and Gianni Schicchi in 2011.
Annilese has worked extensively in the largest international opera houses including Opera National de Bordeaux, Opera Bologna, La Monnaie, Brussels, Le Chatelet, Paris, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto, San Francisco Opera, Den Norske Opera, Oslo, Oper Frankfurt, Nationale Reisopera, Netherlands, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and Welsh National Opera. Glyndebourne Festival appointed her Consultant Associate Director from 2002 to 2005.
In 2005, Annilese became the Artistic Director of Opera Theatre Company where she created the Young Associate Artists Programme. This identified and supported young Irish singers at the beginning of the career in all areas of professional life. Graduates of the programme have been given the tools to achieve places at the top vocal schools such as Juilliard in New York and the Royal Academy, Guildhall and National Opera Studio in London and also work with companies such as Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Also during her tenure at OTC, she developed innovative productions alongside outreach and community projects with schools, colleges, older people, young professional artists and leading social and educational justice organisations such as An Cosan in Dublin. Her site-specific productions of Pelleas et Melisande (in Dublin City Hall’s Georgian rotunda) and Fidelio (in the Victorian Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin) won widespread acclaim for their artistic achievement. Her productions of The Magic Flute, Romeo et Juliet, The Diary of Anne Frank and Handel’s Alcina were nominated for the Irish Times Best Opera Production. In 2010, her dedication to young professional talent was recognised with a nomination for the Irish Times Judges Special Award for Commitment to Irish Talent.
Annilese works regularly with BBC Radio 3, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra in the Barbican and at the Proms. She is interviewed and commentates on opera regularly on national and international television and radio. Her La Traviata for Welsh National Opera was the subject of a BBC documentary series.
In summer 2011 her productions of Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz at Opera Holland Park in London and Thomas’s Mignon at Buxton Festival were critically acclaimed as landmark productions in restoring neglected repertoire to the operatic canon and were included as highlights of the operatic year in both The Independent and The Observer newspapers. Her hugely successful production of Weber’s Der Freischutz opened in Salzburg’s Landestheatre and her production of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliet sold out Opera Ireland’s season in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.
Her critically acclaimed work has been nominated for awards including the South Bank Sky Arts Award, Royal Philharmonic Society, Canadian Dora, Guardian Theatre, Irish Times and Manchester Evening News Theatre awards. She was awarded the Margot Simon Award by Glyndebourne in recognition of her professional achievements with the company. She was nominated for the 2011 Leonardo da Vinci International Art Award.
In 2012, Annilese was appointed as Artistic Director of the Danish National Opera.