British choreographer Ron Howell studied at the London Contemporary Dance School. He was a founder member of ARC Dance and later founded his own company The Dance Collective. In his extensive work in opera he has choreographed for companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Mariinsky Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro Real, Madrid, La Scala, Milan, Glyndebourne Festival and the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro.
Howell is Associate Director, Movement Director and Choreographer for Birmingham Opera Company, where he has choreographed productions including The Ice Break, Khovanskygate: a National Enquiry, Mittwoch aus Licht, Dido and Aeneas, Othello, Life Is a Dream, The Wedding, La traviataWozzeck, Mortal Combat, Don Giovanni, The Adventures of Vixen Sharp-Ears, Le Sacre du Printemps,Idomeneo, The RingZaide, Les Boréades, Silas Marner, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. He has also led education workshops and masterclasses with the company.
His opera productions include : The Queen of Spades, Eugen Onegin, Manon Lescaut, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne Festival); The Marriage of Figaro (English National Opera);Mitridate, Re di Ponto, Die Meistersinger, Arianna, Midsummer Marriage, Falstaff , Tamerlano (Royal Opera House); Falstaff (Welsh National Opera); War and Peace (Kirov); The Queen of Spades (Chicago); Macbeth, Eugen Onegin, Luciano Berio’s Outis (La Scala); Candide (Batignano); Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Moses and Aaron (Metropolitan Opera); King Arthur (Châtelet, Caen, Royal Opera House); Mitridate Re di Ponto (Sydney); Parsifal (Opéra National de Paris); Transformations (St. Louis); Möise et Pharaon, Guillaume Tell (Pesaro); La traviata (Verona); Les Troyens, Idomeneo, Tamerlano, Macbeth (Florence); Manon Lescaut, Lauriane, The Ring, Alceste (Lisbon); L'Orfeo (Ravenna); Tannhäuser (Los Angeles/Athens); Sea of Souls (Royal Opera House). La Rondine, Manon Lescaut (Venice); Die Gezeichneten, The Ring Cycle (Palermo) ; Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Opera di Roma).