Choreography+Directing

 

Sara Erde is a director and choreographer for opera, theatre, and film. She is a frequent collaborator with The Metropolitan Opera, and a longtime member of the Met’s directing staff.


Recent productions include the choreography for Manon Lescaut (The Metropolitan Opera), Roméo et Juliette (The Atlanta Opera), Ariadne auf Naxos (Berkshire Opera Festival), and Carmen (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy). 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).
















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


At the Met, Erde has staged a multitude of operas including Madama Butterfly, Guillaume Tell, Don Carlo, Les Troyens, La Donna del Lago, and Rigoletto both as a director and assistant director. 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 and Elina Garanca.


















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 apart from the Met include multiple productions with both Maestro Plácido Domingo, director/designer John Pascoe, and a body of work at Washington National Opera. Some favorite productions are Carmen, La Forza del Destino, 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.