Polish theatre and opera director Krzysztof Warlikowski makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season directing From the House of the Dead.
Warlikowski studied history, philosophy and Romance languages at Kraków’s Jagiellonian University, philosophy and French language and literature at the Sorbonne and directing at the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts. Opera productions include Iphigénie en Tauride, Parsifal, The Makropulos Affair, Król Roger, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle/La Voix humaine and Don Carlos (Paris Opéra), Die Frau ohne Schatten, Die Gezeichneten and Eugene Onegin (Bavarian State Opera), Médée, Macbeth, Lulu and Don Giovanni (La Monnaie, Brussels), Wozzeck (Dutch National Opera), The Rake’s Progress (Berlin State Opera), Pelléas et Mélisande (Ruhrtriennale, Jahrhunderthalle), Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (Aix-en-Provence Festival, and French tour) and Poppea and Nero (based on L’incoronazione di Poppea with orchestration by Philippe Boesmans, also French tour) and Alceste (Teatro Real, Madrid).The Makropulos Affair won an award for Best Production for performances at Teatro Real, Madrid.
In theatre, Warlikowski is known for his stagings of modern works, for his contemporary productions of Shakespeare and his subversive interpretation of Greek tragedies. Since its inception in 2008 he has been Artistic Director of Warsaw’s Nowy Teatr where productions include (A)pollonia (2009, later winner of Russia’s Golden Mask), The End(2010), African Tales by Shakespeare (2011), Kabaret Warszawski(2013, also Bavarian State Opera) and Les Français (2015, created for the Ruhrtriennale). Other theatre productions include Phaedra(s) and A Streetcar Named Desire(Théâtre de l’Odéon with Isabelle Huppert). He was made a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 2013.