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Christof Loy


Christof Loy returns to The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season to direct Ariadne auf Naxos. He first directed this production for The Royal Opera in September 2002, when it marked the beginning of Antonio Pappano’s tenure as Music Director of The Royal Opera. Loy has also directed Lucia di Lammermoor, Lulu and Tristan und Isolde for The Royal Opera.

Loy grew up in Germany and 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 many major opera houses in Europe and further afield, and has close relationships with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and with Hamburg State Opera. His productions since 2012 have included Jenufa (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.

He has been voted ‘Director of the Year’ twice by Opernwelt Magazine. Several of his productions have been recorded for DVD, including his Lulu for The Royal Opera (Opus Arte).


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