2017–18 Season: Associate Director and Choreographer of Der Ring des Nibelungen
One of today’s leading choreographers, Denni Sayers made her U.S. and San Francisco Opera debuts in 2000 with Parsifal, and she returned in Company productions of Arshak II, Der Fliegende Hollānder, and Porgy and Bess. Her choreography has been seen in opera houses around the world, including Die Zauberflöte at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Francesca da Rimini at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Cunning Little Vixen at Brussels’ La Monnaie, and Hamlet at the Glyndebourne Festival and Adelaide Festival. Sayers has longstanding relationships with many leading directors‚ most notably Francesca Zambello‚ Jonathan Kent‚ Niel Armfield‚ David Pountney, and the late Nikolaus Lehnhoff. Recent collaborations include Der Fliegende Holländer at Los Angeles Opera‚ Porgy and Bess and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Lyric Opera of Chicago‚ Don Carlos at Houston Grand Opera‚ Ariadne auf Naxos in Toronto, and La Fanciulla del West at Opéra Bastille. As director and associate director‚ Sayers has staged The Pearl Fishers and Don Giovanni at Tulsa Opera, Peter Grimes and Tosca in Toronto, Of Mice and Men in Washington, Porgy and Bess in Chicago, Ariadne auf Naxos in Boston and at Welsh National Opera, and Hippolyte et Aricie and Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne.