French choreographer Philippe Giraudeau made his Royal Opera debut in 2007 on Iphigénie en Tauride, directed by Robert Carsen, and has since returned as movement director on The Minotaur, directed by Stephen Langridge, Der fliegende Holländer, directed by Tim Albery, and Les Dialogues des Carmélites, directed by Carsen. He also appeared in the non-singing role of Figaro (Chérubin) for The Royal Opera in 1997.
Giraudeau has worked extensively as a movement director and choreographer in opera. He has established particularly close relationships with Carsen (Rinaldo at Glyndebourne Festival, Don Giovanni and Dialogues des Carmélites at La Scala, Milan, Il trovatore at the Bregenz Festival and Der Rosenkavalier at the Salzburg Festival), Albery (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Boris Godunov for English National Opera) and Richard Jones (Jenůfa at Lyric Opera Chicago and Pelléas et Mélisande at Opera North and ENO). His other credits include movement direction for Langridge’s production of Arianna in Creta at the Reisopera and John Fulljames’s production of The Enchanted Pig at the Young Vic.
Giraudeau studied dance in his hometown of La Rochelle and worked as a dancer in France before joining London Contemporary Dance Theatre and Second Stride. He also worked as an actor at the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Theatre and on television.