In the 2013/14 Season French director Moshe Leiser and his creative partner Patrice Caurier stage a new production of Maria Stuarda for The Royal Opera, a co-production with Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Warsaw Grande Theatre and Liceu, Barcelona. Leiser and Caurier made their Royal Opera debuts in 2001 with La Cenerentola and have since directed Madama Butterfly, Hamlet, Il turco in Italia, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Hansel and Gretel for The Royal Opera, all created in collaboration with set designer Christian Fenouillat, costume designer Agostino Cavalca and lighting designer Christophe Forey.
Caurier was born in Paris and Leiser in Antwerp. They began their collaboration in 1983 at the Opéra de Lyon. Notable productions since have included Der Ring des Nibelungen, Don Carlo, Der Rosenkavalier, Pelléas et Mélisande and Wozzeck (Geneva), the world premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Gesualdo (Zürich), Les Fiançailles au couvent, Ariane et Barbe-bleue, Lucia di Lammermoor and L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Opéra de Lyon), Iphigénie en Tauride, Carmen, Mazepa and Leonore (Welsh National Opera), Eugene Onegin (Mariinsky Theatre), Die Zauberflöte (Vienna State Opera), Giulio Cesare in Egitto and Norma (Salzburg Festival) and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Spoleto Festival). They have also designed many productions for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, including La clemenza di Tito, Armide and Dialogues des Carmélites, and for Angers-Nantes Opéra, including Falstaff and Jenufa.
Awards include the Cannes Film Festival Fipa d’Or award for their film of L’Enfant et les sortilèges.
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