Choreographer and director Denni Sayers made her Royal Opera debut in 1999 creating the revival choreography in 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 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 Zambello and Lehnhoff (including for English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival), and for 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 Parsifal and Caligula (ENO), Eugene Onegin (Opera Holland Park), Hänsel und Gretel (Vienna State Opera), 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).