Denni Sayers


The British choreographer and director began the current season collaborating with David Pountney as assistant director and choreographer of War and Peace at Welsh National Opera. Later in the season she will choreograph Pountney’s new Manon Lescaut at La Scala. Sayers, who has worked on eight productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, since 1999, collaborates regularly with many other major directors, including Neil Armfield (Hamlet, Glyndebourne), Adrian Noble (Hansel und Gretel, Vienna), and Jonathan Kent (Manon Lescaut, Covent Garden). She has also enjoyed close associations with Francesca Zambello (including Washington National Opera’s Ring cycle, remounted last season at San Francisco Opera) and the late Nikolaus Lehnhoff (six productions, among them Turandot at La Scala‚ Elektra at the Salzburg Festival, and Parsifal at English National Opera).

Previously at Lyric: Nine productions since 2000-01, among them Siegfried (2018|19); Die Walküre (2017|18); The Magic Flute (2016|17); Porgy and Bess (2014|15, 2008|09).

Last updated: November 3, 2018