Denni Sayers, Director

One of the leading Choreographers worldwide‚ Denni’s recent and future work includes Turandot (La Scala‚ Milan)‚ Elektra (Salzburg)‚ Parsifal (ENO)‚ The Flying Dutchman (Los Angeles Opera)‚ La fanciulla del West (Bastille‚ Paris) and Salome (Baden Baden) with Nikolaus Lehnhoff; Manon Lescaut (Royal Opera House)‚ Don Giovanni(Glyndebourne)‚ Ibsen’s Emperor and Galilean (Royal National Theatre)‚ Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival and Adelphi Theatre; winner of Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival‚ and winner of Best Musical in The Evening Standard’s Theatre Awards)‚ The Flying Dutchman (ENO) and Private Lives (Chichester)‚ all with Jonathan Kent; Les contes d’Hoffmann (Beijing)‚ Porgy and Bess (Lyric Opera of Chicago) with Francesca Zambello‚ Don Carlos (Houston) with John Caird‚ Caligula (ENO) with Benedict Arnold; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago) and Ariadne auf Naxos (Toronto) with Neil Armfield; Sweeney Todd (Royal Festival Hall) with David Freeman‚ Eugene Onegin (Opera Holland Park) with Daniel Slater‚ and Hänsel und Gretel (Wiener Staatsoper) with Adrian Noble.

As revival director recent and future work includes Peter Grimes (Canadian Opera Company)‚ Ariadne auf Naxos (Welsh National Opera) and  Manon Lescaut (Shanghai Grand Theatre)‚ and as Associate Director Porgy and Bess (Chicago) as well as Hippolyte et Aricie and a revival of Don Giovanni‚ both at Glyndebourne Festival.  

Denni Sayers’s early work was as choreographer and assistant director on numerous productions with Opera Northern Ireland; then as choreographer on Medea (Opera North/ Phyllida Lloyd); Maria Stuarda (Scottish Opera/ Stefan Lazaridis); and Orfeo ed Euridice (New Israeli Opera /Michael McCaffery).

She has choreographed for Oedipus (Royal National Theatre) and Die Frau ohne Schatten (St Petersburg) with Jonathan Kent; Cyrano de Bergerac‚ Carmen‚ Paul Bunyan and The Bartered Bride (The Royal Opera House‚ Covent Garden)‚ Boris Godunov (English National Opera)‚ Rebecca (Vienna)‚ Arshak II (San Francisco)‚ Peter Grimes (Amsterdam)‚ Boris Godunov and War and Peace (Bastille)‚ Porgy and Bess (Washington)‚ L’Amour des Trois Oranges and Carmen(Sydney)‚ The Little Prince (Houston‚ Milwaukee‚ Boston and BBC TV)‚ and Of Mice and Men (Bregenz)‚ Carmen (Oslo)‚ Porgy and Bess (Chicago and San Francisco) - all with Francesca Zambello; La Fanciulla del West (Amsterdam)‚ Parsifal (English National Opera‚ San Francisco and Chicago)‚ Der fliegende Holländer (San Francisco)‚ Lohengrin and Eugene Onegin (Baden Baden)‚ Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Zürich)‚ Henze’s Boulevard Solitude(ROH and Genova)‚ Die Gezeichneten (Salzburg)‚ Fidelio (Salzburg and Lyon)‚ Turandot(Amsterdam)‚ Rigoletto (Dresden) and The Bartered Bride (Glyndebourne) - all with Nikolaus Lehnhoff;  Der Vögelhändler (Berlin/ Danny Slater); Sweeney Todd (Chicago)‚ Ariadne auf Naxos and Don Carlos (Welsh National Opera)‚ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Houston)‚ Peter Grimes (Sydney) - all with Neil Armfield; Pirates of Penzance (Chicago/ Elijah Moshinsky); Aida (WNO/ John Caird); and The Bassarids (Amsterdam/ Peter Stein).

As director‚ work includes the revivals of Of Mice and Men (Washington) and Ariadne auf Naxos (Boston); new productions of Tosca (Toronto)‚ West Side Story (Tel-Aviv)‚ Rachel Portman’s The Water Diviner’s Tale and two Dr Who concerts (BBC Proms).