German director Christof Loy made his Royal Opera debut in 2002 with a production of Ariadne auf Naxos that marked the beginning of Antonio Pappano’s tenure as Music Director of The Royal Opera. Loy has since directed Lucia di Lammermoor, Lulu and Tristan und Isolde for The Royal Opera.
Loy studied directing in his home town of Essen, and philosophy, history of art and Italian philology at Munich University. He began his career as an assistant to directors such as Luc Bondy and Göran Järvefelt. He now works with major opera houses around the world, and has particularly close relationships with Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Hamburg State Opera. Productions include Jenůfa (Deutsche Oper Berlin), La fanciulla del West and Parsifal (Royal Swedish Opera), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Salzburg Festival), Falstaff (Deutsche Oper Berlin) and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Liceu, Barcelona). He has directed operas from the Baroque period to contemporary works, and has a particular affinity with the operas of Mozart.
Loy has been voted ‘Director of the Year’ twice by Opernwelt Magazine. Several of his productions have been recorded for DVD, including Lulu for The Royal Opera (Opus Arte).
News and features
11 October 2011
The first part of our countdown, featuring among others a blue alien belting out Donizetti.