Dmitri Tcherniakov was born in Moscow in 1970. After studying at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, he began directing operas and stage plays in Russia and abroad. He also designs the sets and costumes for most of his productions. He has received the Russian National Theatre Prize “The Golden Mask” on several occasions and he won the prizes for “Best Director” and Best Production” at the 2013 Opera Awards. He has also received the Franco Abbiati Italian music critics' award (2008) and Spain’s National Campoamor Lyrics Award (2014). His principal opera productions include The Rake's Progress, Eugene Onegin, Wozzeck, and Ruslan and Ludmila at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre; Tristan und Isolde at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg; Aida at the Novosibirsk Opera; Boris Godunov, The Gambler, The Tsar's Bride, Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde, and Betrothal in a Monastery at the Berlin Staatsoper; Jenůfa and Pelléas et Mélisande at the Zurich Opera; La Traviata at Milan’s La Scala; Simon Boccanegra at the English National Opera; Don Giovanni at the Aix Festival, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto; Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District at the Lyon Opera and the English National Opera; Il Trovatore and The Tale of Tsar Saltan at La Monnaie in Brussels; Prince Igor at the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam; Bluebeard’s Castle and Peter Eötvös’s Senza Sangue at the Hamburg Staatsoper; Khovanshchina, Simon Boccanegra, Dialogues des carmelites and Lulu at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich; Macbeth, Iolanta / The Nutcracker, The Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) and Les Troyens at the Paris Opera; The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and the Liceu in Barcelona, and Carmen at the 2017 Aix Festival. During the 2019/2020 season, he directed The Makropulos Affair at the Zurich opera and Elektra at the Hamburg Staatsoper.
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