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, Tristan und Isolde and La forza del destino for The Royal Opera. In the 2019/20 Season he directs a new production of Elektra and a revival of Tristan und Isolde.
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 directs for the world’s leading opera houses, in repertory from the baroque to the present day, and including many of the major works of Mozart, Verdi, Wagner and Richard Strauss. Among his productions are Khovanshchina, La forza del destino and Tannhäuser (Dutch National Opera), Wozzeck, Norma and Arabella (Frankfurt), Maria Stuarda, Peter Grimes, Schreier’s Hamlet and Euryanthe (Theater an der Wien), Der ferne Klang, Der Rosenkavalier, Parsifal and Fedora (Royal Swedish Opera), Theodora and Die Frau ohne Schatten (Salzburg Festival), Jenufa, Falstaff and Das Wunder der Heliane (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Capriccio (Teatro Real, Madrid), Alcina and I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Zürich Opera) and Saul, Roberto Devereux and Le nozze di Figaro (Bavarian State Opera).
Loy has been voted Director of the Year three times by Opernwelt Magazine and in 2017 was named Director of the Year at the International Opera Awards. Several of his productions have been recorded for DVD, including Lulu for The Royal Opera (Opus Arte).