Choreography+Directing

 

Sara Erde’s work has been seen in major opera houses in both the United States and in Europe. She is a frequent collaborator with The Metropolitan Opera, and a  longtime member of the Met’s directing staff.


Most recently she choreographed Manon Lescaut (The Metropolitan Opera), Roméo et Juliette (The Atlanta Opera), and Madama Butterfly (Berkshire Opera Festival). Other current productions include Le Nozze di Figaro, and Werther (The Metropolitan Opera), Carmen (Washington National Opera), Manon Lescaut (Festspielhaus Baden-Baden), and Madama Butterfly (The Atlanta Opera, Castleton Festival). Upcoming productions include choreography for Carmen at Seiji Ozawa Music Academy.
















Manon Lescaut stage rehearsal at The Metropolitan Opera with Anna Netrebko. Photo: Jonathan Tichler


As an opera director, associate director, or assistant director, Erde has staged a multitude of productions including Madama Butterfly, Guillaume Tell, Don Carlo, Les Troyens, La Donna del Lago, and Rigoletto (The Metropolitan Opera), La Forza del Destino (Washington National Opera), and Madama Butterfly (The Atlanta Opera, Castleton Festival). At the Met, she has collaborated with acclaimed directors and choreographers such as Richard Eyre, Carolyn Choa, Christopher Wheeldon, Nicholas Hytner, and Francesca Zambello. She began her Met career as a dancer and has been a personal dance coach to many notable singers including Diana Damrau, Elina Garanca, and Olga Borodina.


















Richard Eyre’s Le Nozze di Figaro - The Metropolitan Opera opening night.  Photo: Jonathan Tichler


















Richard Eyre’s Werther - The Metropolitan Opera with Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch  Photo: Ken Howard


Career highlights as both choreographer and assistant director apart from the Met include principal dancer and dance captain for the new musical Zorro (the Alliance Theatre) and multiple productions with both Maestro Plácido Domingo and director/designer John Pascoe. Favorites include Carmen, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Manon Lescaut, and Democracy: An American Comedy (Washington National Opera), Ercole Sul Termodonte (Spoleto Festival, Italy), Turandot (L’Opera de Québec), Flora, an Opera (Spoleto Festival, USA), and Don Giovanni (Florida Grand Opera). Erde is a winner of Opera America's Director-Designer Showcase award.