ROBERT CARSENBorn 1954 in Toronto, Canada. Education: Old Vic Theatre School (Bristol). Biographical details here: Very detailed (in French), less detailed (in English).
Directorial approach: Simplistic, aesthetic stagings, relatively true to the overall written libretto, though often with a twist.
Major achievements in opera: After his breakthrough in 1986 with La Finta Giardinera in Camden, Carsen has appeared in all major opera houses, especially in Paris (more than 10 productions with highlights including Rusalka and Capriccio) and Glyndebourne (L´incoronazione di Poppea), Metropolitan (Eugene Onegin) and La Scala (Dialogues des Carmelites, Don Giovanni).
ROBERT CARSEN - SELECTED PRODUCTIONS
Candide, Paris Chatelet 2007, the controversial production in which Bush, Putin, Blair, Berlusconi and Chirac dance semi-naked on stage, a must-see as it is really funny:
Falstaff, La Scala 2013:
Don Giovanni, the 2011 Scala season opening:
My Fair Lady at the Mariinsky Theatre 2012:
Rheingold, Liceu Barcelona 2013: