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Robert Carsen



Robert Carsen in action.
Robert Carsen in rehearsal for Falstaff © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2012

Canadian director Robert Carsen made his Royal Opera debut in 2007 with Iphigénie en Tauride and has since directed Falstaff, co-creating the lighting design for both. In the 2013/14 Season the Company performed his award-winning production of Dialogues des Carmélites. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to direct and light Der Rosenkavalier.

Carsen grew up in Toronto and studied acting at Bristol Old Vic. He began his directing career in Geneva with Mefistofele, which also toured the USA, and has since directed internationally. He has a close relationship with the Paris Opéra, productions including Tannhäuser, Capriccio and Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Other productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rigoletto (Aix-en-Provence Festival), Orfeo (Opéra de Lausanne), Les Fêtes vénitiennes (Opéra Comique, Brooklyn Academy of Music), La fanciulla del West, Don Giovanni, CO2 (La Scala, Milan), Agrippina, Platée, The Turn of the Screw (Theater an der Wien), Der Ring des Nibelungen (Cologne, Venice, Barcelona), L’Amour des trois oranges (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Die Zauberflöte (Festspiele Baden-Baden), La traviata (La Fenice, Venice), The Queen of Spades (Zürich), Der Rosenkavalier (Salzburg), Don Carlo, Janáček cycle (Opéra national du Rhin), Ariadne auf Naxos (Bavarian State Opera) and L’incoronazione di Poppea, Rinaldo (Glyndebourne Festival).

Further credits include Mother Courage (Milan), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (New York), The Beautiful Game (West End), Sunset Boulevard (UK tour), Singin’ in the Rain, My Fair Lady (Théâtre du Châtelet) and Candide (Théâtre du Châtelet, English National Opera, La Scala). Other work includes exhibition design, including L’Impressionnisme et la Mode (Musée d’Orsay and Chicago).


News and features

International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

27 March 2015

A host of Royal Opera-affiliated artists have been shortlisted.

How to Stage an Opera: community in Dialogues des Carmélites

How to Stage an Opera: community in Dialogues des Carmélites

11 June 2014

How Robert Carsen's production drives home the real tragedy behind Poulenc's powerful masterpiece.

Spring Season 2013/14

Spring Season 2013/14

10 April 2013

Helpful links and information on booking for forthcoming performances.