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Moshe Leiser

Designer

Biography

Belgian director Moshe Leiser and his creative partner Patrice Caurier made their Royal Opera debuts in 2001 with La Cenerentola and have since directed Madama Butterfly, Hamlet, Il turco in Italia, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel and Gretel and Maria Stuarda for The Royal Opera, all created in collaboration with set designer Christian Fenouillat, costume designer Agostino Cavalca and lighting designer Christophe Forey.

Leiser was born in Antwerp. He began his collaboration with Caurier in 1983 with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opéra de Lyon. Productions since include Der Ring des Nibelungen, Don Carlo, Der Rosenkavalier, Pelléas et Mélisande and Wozzeck (Geneva), The Nose and Werther (Opéra de Lausanne), Hamlet (Metropolitan Opera, New York), the world premiere of Dalbavie’s Gesualdo (Zürich), Les Fiançailles au couvent, Ariane et Barbe-bleue, Lucia di Lammermoor and L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Opéra de Lyon), Iphigénie en Tauride, Carmen, Mazepa and Leonore (Welsh National Opera), Eugene Onegin (Mariinsky Theatre), Die Zauberflöte (Vienna State Opera), Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Norma and Rossini’s Otello (Salzburg Festival) and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Spoleto Festival). They have also designed many productions for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, including La clemenza di Tito, Armide and Dialogues des Carmélites, and for Angers-Nantes Opéra, including Falstaff and Jenůfa.

Awards include the Prix de la Critique (2012) for Jenůfa, a BAFTA award for WNO’s Mazepa, the 2013 Best New Production Award at the International Opera Awards for Norma and the Cannes Film Festival Fipa d’Or award for their film of L’Enfant et les sortilèges.

Videos

News and features

The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

10 June 2015

The online publication announces winners of six different categories of opera each week, voted for by its readers

Opera Essentials: Il turco in Italia

Opera Essentials: Il turco in Italia

8 April 2015

Our quick guide to Rossini’s delightful comedy.

Watch: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier on Madama Butterfly – 'It's a shocking but very important story to tell'

Watch: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier on Madama Butterfly – 'It's a shocking but very important story to tell'

23 December 2014

The directors on the power and insight offered in Puccini's iconic opera, which critiques cultural imperialism.

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