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 and Der Rosenkavalier, directed by Carsen.
Giraudeau has worked extensively as a movement director and choreographer in opera. He has established particularly close relationships with Carsen (Rinaldo for Glyndebourne Festival, Don Giovanni, Dialogues des Carmélites and Káta Kabanová for La Scala, Milan, La traviata for La Fenice, Venice and Rusalka for Paris Opéra), Albery (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merry Widow for the Metropolitan Opera, New York), Antony McDonald (Aida and Samson et Dalila for Scottish Opera), Richard Jones (Jenůfa for Lyric Opera Chicago, Un ballo in maschera and La bohème for Bregenz Festival and Annie Get Your Gun for Young Vic), Langridge (La Damnation de Faust for Lyric Opera of Chicago), John Fulljames (From the House of the Dead for Opera North and The Enchanted Pig for Young Vic) and Rolando Villazón (La traviata in Baden-Baden).
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.