Dmitri Tcherniakov, Direction
Dmitri Tcherniakov was born in Moscow 1970. He finished his studies at the Russian Academy of Performing Arts in 1993. Tcherniakov is designing the sets of his productions entirely himself, sometimes even the costumes. He was awarded with several international prizes, including Italy’s Franco Abbiati Prize and Russia’s most prestigious theatre prize, the Golden Mask.
Mussorgski’s Boris Godunow at Berlin’s Staatsoper marked the beginning of a partnership with the conductor Daniel Barenboim. It was followed by several productions, Prokofjew’s The Gambler, Rimsky-Korsakows The Zsar’s Bride and Wagner’s Parsifal.
Tschaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, presented in several major houses, Berg’s Wozzeck and Glinka’s Ruslan und Ludmilla at the Bolschoi Theater Moscow, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Glinka’s A Life for the Zsar at the Mariinski-Theatre St. Petersburg, Schostakowitsch’s Lady Macbeth from Mzensk at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, London’s ENO and Lyon, Verdi’s Macbeth at the Paris Opéra, Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Festival Aix-en-Provence, in Madrid and at the Bolschoi Theatre solidified his European reputation.
Mussorgski’s Chovanshtshina, Poulenc’ Dialogues des Carmélites, Berg/Cerhas Lulu in Munich und Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, premiered originally at London’s English National Opera (ENO) contributed to his broad success in Germany, Verdi’s La traviata in Milano und Borodin’s Prince Igor at the Metropolitan Opera New York bolstered his intercontinental fame.
Outstanding amongst the highlights of his career are certainly Rimski-Korsakows The Legend from the Unvisible City of Kitesh and from the Virgin Fevronia in Amsterdam, Verdi’s Il trovatore in Brussels as well as his stagings at the Zurich Opera, dedicated to Janáček’s Jenufa und Debussy’s Pelléas et Melisande.
Outstanding amongst his work catalogue is certainly the artistic challenge to recreate Tchaikovsky’s opera Iolanta and the ballet The Nutcracker due to the original double bill. It was the Paris Opéra to undertake so huge a challenge successfully.