In the 2013/14 Season Denni Sayers directs choreography and movement in Jonathan Kent’s new production of Manon Lescaut for The Royal Opera. Sayers has previously been movement director for The Royal Opera’s productions of The Bartered Bride, Boulevard Solitude, Sweeney Todd and Cyrano de Bergerac for The Royal Opera. She was Associate and Revival Director for Carmen in the 2006–7 Season.
Sayers began her career as a dancer and worked as a choreographer and assistant director on productions for Opera Northern Ireland, Opera North and Scottish Opera. She now works regularly as a choreographer and associate director with Francesca Zambello and Nikolaus Lehnhoff (including at English National Opera, for Glyndebourne Festival and for The Royal Opera), and for many other leading directors around the world. Her work with Jonathan 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 Parsifal and Caligula (ENO), Eugene Onegin (Opera Holland Park), Porgy and Bess (Chicago) and Ariadne auf Naxos (Canadian Opera Company).
Sayers’s credits as revival director include La fanciulla del West (Opéra-Bastille), Peter Grimes (Canadian Opera Company), Ariadne auf Naxos (Welsh National Opera) and Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne Festival).