Born in Moscow in 1970, Dmitri Tcherniakov graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). He made his debut in opera with a production of Vladimir Kobekin’s Young David in 1998 (the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre). Tcherniakov wears two hats (of stage director and set designer) for most of his productions.
He has worked on various productions for the Bolshoi Theatre, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, the Dutch National Opera, the English National Opera, the Zürich Opera House, the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Teatro alla Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, the Opéra National de Paris, the Dutch Royal Opera, the Royal Danish Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona etc.
At the Mariinsky Theatre, he staged such operas as Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia (2001), Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar (2004), and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (2005).
Tcherniakov has won multiple Russia’s Golden Mask theatre prizes for his productions of The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia at the Mariinsky Theatre; The Rake's Progress, Eugene Onegin, Wozzeck, and Ruslan and Lyudmila at the Bolshoi Theatre; Aida at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre.
He won an International Opera Award for Best Director and Best Production (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia at the Dutch National Opera) in 2013. Tcherniakov also won a Franco Abbiati Prize of Italian music critics for his production of Prokofiev’s The Gambler at the Teatro alla Scala (2008). His awards also include the International Stanislavsky Prize, the Premios Líricos Teatro Campoamor (Spain, 2015) and other awards.
For his productions, Tcherniakov has collaborated with conductors Valery Gergiev, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Daniel Barenboim, Marc Minkowski, Alain Altinoglu, Pablo Heras-Casado, Teodor Currentzis, Gianandrea Noseda, Alexander Vedernikov, Daniele Gatti, Marc Albrecht, Péter Eötvös, Kirill Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski, Bertrand de Billy and others.
Information for December 2018