Polish stage director, dramaturg, librettist and curator Krystian Lada makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as the dramaturg for The Diary of One Who Disappeared.
Lada began his career in Polish television, and worked for media production houses as a copywriter, creative director and director. He went on to study dramaturgy, and to undertake literary research at the University of Amsterdam. As a dramaturg, he has worked for companies including Dutch National Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels, Berlin State Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Polish National Opera, International Theatre Amsterdam, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Theatre Festival, Holland Festival and the International Choreographic Arts Centre in Amsterdam. He has worked with opera directors and visual artists including Pierre Audi, Mariusz Trelinski, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Tobias Kratzer, Yuval Sharon, Lydia Steier and Kirsten Dehlholm, and has collaborated with the opera composers Nico Muhly, Annelies Van Parys, Andrzej Kwiecinski and Katarzyna Glowicka. His librettos have been commissioned and presented by the Rotterdam Opera Days and Polish National Opera. He has collaborated with Ivo van Hove on The Diary of One Who Disappeared and on Network at the National Theatre. He has also directed operas for companies including Opera Wroclawska and Nuit Blanche Brussels.
Lada has curated various arts-related events, including European Opera Days in the Netherlands, the event Fringe Fuel for the Amsterdam Fringe Festival, and the research and expertise platform United States of Opera. Since May 2017, he has been General and Artistic Director of The Airport Society: a Brussels-based cooperative of opera artists and social game changers. He is the first recipient of the Mortier Next Generation Award.