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Eleanor Fazan

Choreographer

Biography

Choreographer and director Eleanor Fazan made her Royal Opera debut in 1974 on Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Götz Friedrich. Subsequent work with The Royal Opera includes on Peter Grimes, Lohengrin, The Rake’s Progress, Macbeth, Samson, Otello and Attila, directed by Elijah Moshinsky, Ariadne auf Naxos and Semele, directed by John Copley, Idomeneo, re di Creta and Elektra, directed by Friedrich and Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Der Rosenkavalier, directed by John Schlesinger. She was also revival choreographer on Salome, Taverner, Tannhäuser and Der Freischütz.

Fazan was born in Kenya and trained with Sadler’s Wells Ballet (now The Royal Ballet) and at the Arts Educational Schools. After a career as a dancer she became a choreographer, and also directed musicals and reviews. Opera credits include with English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Netherlands Opera, Maggio Musicale, Florence, Metropolitan Opera, New York, and in Salzburg. Her film and television credits include Oh! What a Lovely War, Heaven’s Gate, Willow, Cold Comfort Farm, Mrs Henderson Presents and Hot Fuzz.

Fazan was awarded an OBE in 2013 for her services to dance. Other awards include the British Film Institute’s Career in the Industry Award in 1993 for her work for television and film.