Choreographer and director Denni Sayers made her Royal Opera debut in 1999 creating the revival choreography for Paul Bunyan, directed by Francesca Zambello. She has since returned to The Royal Opera as choreographer for The Bartered Bride and Cyrano de Bergerac, directed by Zambello, Boulevard Solitude, directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Sweeney Todd, directed by Neil Armfield, and Manon Lescaut, directed by Jonathan Kent, and has also been Associate and Revival Director for Carmen, directed by Zambello, and Associate Director for The Bartered Bride.
Sayers has worked regularly as a choreographer and associate director with Zambello, Lehnhoff and many other leading directors around the world. Her work with Kent includes choreography for Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne Festival), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Mariinsky Theatre, Edinburgh Festival), The Flying Dutchman (ENO), Emperor and Galilean and Oedipus (National Theatre) and Private Lives and Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival). Her other opera choreography includes Hamlet (Glyndebourne Festival), Der Ring des Nibelungen (Washington National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago), Turandot (La Scala, Milan), Hänsel und Gretel (Vienna State Opera), Manon Lescaut (Shanghai), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Beijing), Don Carlos (Houston Grand Opera), Elektra (Salzburg Festival), Ariadne auf Naxos (Toronto), La fanciulla del West (Paris Opéra) and Porgy and Bess (Lyric Opera of Chicago).
Sayers’s credits as director include Tosca (Toronto)‚ West Side Story (Tel Aviv) and several staged BBC Proms, including The Water Diviner’s Tale, ‘Dr Who’ proms and Ten Pieces proms.