James Conway is both artistic director and chief executive of English Touring Opera. As well as supervising the running of the company and choosing the artists and repertoire, he has also directed 23 new productions and 4 revivals for the company, including Donizetti's The Siege of Calais, Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena and the critically-acclaimed Xerxes (Handel), Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Simon Boccanegra (Verdi) and The Emperor of Atlantis (Ullmann). In 2010, he directed the world première of Alexander Goehr's opera, Promised End. His ETO productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream (2004, and revived in 2010) and The Emperor of Atlantis (2011) were nominated for RPS awards for opera. He has written original libretti for two operas and translations for four others, as well as several works of fiction; his most recent translation is Handel's Agrippina for ETO's critically-acclaimed Autumn 2013 production.
His Spring 2014 season, including a new production of Tippett's King Priam, won the 2014 Olivier Award for Achievement in Opera; he was also nominated for a UK Theatre Award for 'inspiring leadership' in the same year.