Austrian choreographer Karl Alfred Schreiner made his Royal Opera debut in 2015, creating the choreography for Rossi’s Orpheus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, directed by Keith Warner.
Schreiner was born in Salzburg and trained at the academy of the Vienna State Ballet. On graduation he joined the ballet company at Graz Opera. From 1995 to 2000 he danced with Vienna State Opera, where he became a semi-soloist in 1999. That year he began working as a choreographer, going on to assist Ismael Ivo at the Venice Biennale 2008–11. In 2012 he was appointed Ballet Director of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, where his works include The Sleeping Beauty, memento mori, White Horse Inn, The Cirus Princess, Berlin 1920 – A Burlesque and Whipped Cream. His works elsewhere include Blame it on Gavrilo in Tel Aviv, One out of Ten and Déjà Waltz for Abcdancecompany, St Pölten Festival Theatre, Mein Stück for Vienna State Opera at the Odeon and Winterreise and The Nutcracker for the Stadttheater, Klagenfurt.
In opera Schreiner regularly collaborates with Warner, providing the choreography in productions including Die Frau ohne Schatten for Hamburg State Opera, Orlando paladino and Don Giovanni for Theater an der Wien, Parsifal for Copenhagen Opera House and Doktor Faust for Semperoper Dresden. His other work in opera includes with Josef E. Köpplinger, including in Klagenfurt (The Merry Widow, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Koukourgi) and for the Aalto Theatre, Essen (La traviata), and the Vienna Volksoper (Fra Diavolo).