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Patrice Caurier

Director

Biography

French director Patrice Caurier and his creative partner Moshe Leiser 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.

Caurier was born in Paris. He began his collaboration with Leiser 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

Watch: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier on Il turco in Italia - 'It's an ode to sex'

Watch: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier on Il turco in Italia - 'It's an ode to sex'

5 December 2014

The directors on setting Rossini's opera in the 1960s and their delight at working with baritone Alessandro Corbelli.

How to Stage an Opera: Escape from Il barbiere di Siviglia

How to Stage an Opera: Escape from Il barbiere di Siviglia

2 October 2014

The enclosed set of The Royal Opera's production of Rossini's masterpiece heightens the comedy and the pathos.

5 things you need to know about Il barbiere di Siviglia

5 things you need to know about Il barbiere di Siviglia

5 September 2014

Our quick guide to Rossini's comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville.

Listen: Directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier on the 'human truth' of Maria Stuarda

Listen: Directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier on the 'human truth' of Maria Stuarda

9 July 2014

Beauty, politics and violence in Donizetti’s historical opera.

Your reaction: Maria Stuarda

Your reaction: Maria Stuarda

6 July 2014

What did you think of Moshe Leiser's and Patrice Caurier's arresting new production of Donizetti's Tudor tragedy?

Madam Butterfly 3D in cinemas from March

Madam Butterfly 3D in cinemas from March

3 March 2012

Featuring Liping Zhang as Cio-Cio-San and James Valenti as BF Pinkerton.

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