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. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to choreograph 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 and Dialogues des Carmélites for La Scala, Milan, La traviata for La Fenice, Venice, Il trovatore for the Bregenz Festival and Der Rosenkavalier for the Salzburg Festival), Albery (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merry Widow for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Boris Godunov for English National Opera) and Richard Jones (Jenůfa for Lyric Opera Chicago and Pelléas et Mélisande for Opera North and ENO). His other credits include movement direction for Langridge’s production of Arianna in Creta for the Reisopera and John Fulljames’s production of The Enchanted Pig for 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.