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Otto Pichler



Austrian choreographer and director Otto Pichler made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as choreographer for The Nose, directed by Barrie Kosky. He returned in the 2017/18 Season and returns in 2018/19 as choreographer for Carmen, also directed by Kosky, and for La forza del destino, directed by Christof Loy.

Pichler has worked as a freelance choreographer since 2001 for directors including Nicolas Brieger, Günter Krämer, David Mouchtar-Samorai and Bernd Mottl. He has worked at opera houses including Paris Opéra (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Semperoper Dresden (Penthesilea, Die Fledermaus), Dutch National Opera (La forza del destino), Cologne Opera (War and Peace, Turandot), Hanover State Opera (Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady), Wiesbaden State Theatre (Orfeo ed Euridice), La Monnaie, Brussels (Aida) and Salzburg Festival (Mitridate, re di Ponto). Previous credits with Kosky include Saul for Glyndebourne Festival, The Fiery Angel for Bavarian State Opera, Das Rheingold in Hanover, Carmen for Frankfurt Opera and Candide, Fiddler on the Roof, Orpheus, Kiss Me, Kate, Ball im Savoy, La Belle Hélène and West Side Story (which he also co-directed) for Komische Oper Berlin.

Pichler’s credits as director include Hello Dolly!, Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Gypsy Princess.

News and features

‘I never thought my opera debut would be as a dancing nose’

31 October 2016
‘I never thought my opera debut would be as a dancing nose’

Dancer Cameron Ball reveals what it's like performing in Barrie Kosky’s surreal Royal Opera production of Shostakovich’s The Nose.