Andrei Serban's Turandot (created in 1984) opens the 2013/14 Royal Opera Season. His other productions for The Royal Opera include Fidelio (1986), Prince Igor (1990, The Royal Opera's first production of the work) and I puritani (1992).
From Romania, Serban began his training at the Bucharest Theatre Institute and aged 21 started working with Julius Cezar. A Ford Foundation Grant took him to New York where he became one of the leading young directors in experimental theatre. He then returned to Europe to work with Peter Brook in Paris at his International Centre. Serban has a broad international career working in both theatre and opera. He has directed on the main stages of the world's leading opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Paris Opéra, La Fenice, Venice, and in Vienna, San Francisco, Chicago, Amsterdam and Geneva. He has collaborated with singers and conductors such as Domingo, Gwyneth Jones, Dessay, Alagna, Pape, Fleming, Jonas Kauffman, Urmana, June Anderson, Alfredo Krauss, Colin Davis, William Christie, Haitink, Gardiner and Chailly, among others.
His many awards include the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, the George Abbott Award, a Tony and several Obies. He currently teaches acting at Columbia University, New York.
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11 October 2011
The first part of our countdown, featuring among others a blue alien belting out Donizetti.