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Robert Carsen


Canadian director Robert Carsen created The Royal Opera's productions of Iphigénie en Tauride (2007) and Falstaff (2012). In the 2013/14 Season the Company adds to its repertory his award-winning production of Dialogues des Carmélites, originally created in 1997 for Nederlandse Opera.

Carsen grew up in Toronto and moved to the UK to study acting at the Bristol Old Vic. He began his directing career in Geneva with his production of Mefistofele, which also toured the USA. Since then he directed for the world’s leading opera houses. He has a close relationship with the Paris Opéra, where his productions have included Tannhäuser, Capriccio and Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Other notable productions have included Rigoletto (Aix-en-Provence Festival), Don Giovanni (La Scala, Milan), Der Ring des Nibelungen (Cologne, Venice and Barcelona), La traviata (La Fenice, Venice), The Queen of Spades (Zürich), Der Rosenkavalier (Salzburg), a Janácek cycle (Opéra national du Rhin), Ariadne auf Naxos (Bavarian State Opera) and L’incoronazione di Poppea and Rinaldo (Glyndebourne Festival).

Carsen’s theatre credits include Mother Courage (Milan) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (New York), and in music theatre The Beautiful Game (West End), Sunset Boulevard (UK tour), My Fair Lady (Théâtre du Châtelet) and Candide (Théâtre du Châtelet, English National Opera and La Scala). Other work includes designs for various museums including the Musée d’Orsay exhibition L’Impressionnisme et la Mode, which was also seen in Chicago.


News and features

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.