Canadian stage dircctor Rob Herriot began his career in opera on the stage, singing such roles as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress and Tamino in The Magic Flute. In 2001 he turned his attention to stage direction and began assisting directors across North America on productions of The Rake’s Progress and The Magic Flute for Vancouver Opera/Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Tosca, Don Pasquale and The Flying Dutchman for San Diego Opera.
Since then he has directed of productions of Lucia di Lammermoor and La Boheme for Manitoba Opera, Carmen for Arizona Opera, La Traviata for Opera Hamilton and Don Pasquale for Connecticut Opera and Opera Hamilton and recently Daughter of the Regiment and HMS Pinafore for Edmonton Opera, the latter of which won A Sterling Award for Outstanding Musical for the 2008 Edmonton TheatreSeason.
This season marked his third with Opera Lyra Ottawa acting as "Silver Cast" director of the mainstage production, Marriage of Figaro , having previously taken the same role on productions of Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni. He was also responsible for the creation of a new version of Cinderella for the young artists school tour in December. This past October marked his first time directing at the Canadian Opera Company on a production of The Brother's Grimm.
"...Herriot's last work for Edmonton Opera, last season's HMS Pinafore, played to packed houses and scored the Sterling Award for outstanding production of a musical, which earns a man a certain pedigree..." (Vue Weekly, Edmonton)
"...superb direction from Rob Herriot..." (Winnipeg Free Press)
"...director Rob Herriot's quick pacing kept things moving along..." (Edmonton Journal)
"...director Rob Herriot made each scene compelling..." (Opera Canada)