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Patrice Caurier


In the 2013/14 Season French director Patrice Caurier and his creative partner Moshe Leiser stage a new production of Maria Stuarda for The Royal Opera, a co-La Cenerentola and have since directed Madama Butterfly, Hamlet, Il turco in Italia, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Hansel and Gretel 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 and Leiser in Antwerp. They began their collaboration in 1983 at the Opéra de Lyon. Notable productions since have included Der Ring des Nibelungen, Don Carlo, Der Rosenkavalier, Pelléas et Mélisande and Wozzeck (Geneva), the world premiere of Marc-André 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 and Norma (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 Jenufa.

Awards include the Cannes Film Festival Fipa d’Or award for their film of L’Enfant et les sortilèges.


News and features

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.