Keith Warner has directed over 150 operas, plays, and musicals over the last thirty-five years. In the United States, he has directed productions of Carmen for the Minnesota Opera; My Fair Lady, Carmen, and La Bohème in Houston; Die Fliegende Holländer in Los Angeles, Le Comte Ory and Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Glimmerglass Opera; and The Cunning Little Vixen, Tosca, and Conrad Sousa’s Tranformations in St. Louis. In 1999 he directed Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival, and in the early 2000s the Ring cycle for the New National Theatre in Tokyo.
For many years he has collaborated with the conductor Antonio Pappano on projects including a new production of The Makropulous Case in Oslo, which was broadcast on television in Scandinavia, and culminating in a new Ring cycle at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, where he will also direct a new Otello with Pappano in 2017.
In the last decade he has directed 10 productions at the Frankfurt Opera, seven at the Theater an der Wien, and three each at the Opéra du Rhin, the Semperoper in Dresden, and the National Opera in Warsaw. Warner has written librettos for three operas for the composer David Blake: Scoring A Century, Fanny and Alexander and most recently Icarus, to be premiered at the Montepulciano Festival in 2016. He was Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen in 2011–12, where he directed Don Giovanni, Wozzeck, Parsifal, Albert Herring, and most recently the world premiere of Penderecki’s second version of The Devils of Loudun. This year he will direct the Baroque opera Orfeo by Luigi Rossi for the Royal Opera at the Globe Theatre in London, John Harbison's The Great Gatsby in Dresden, and Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper in Vienna.