Robert Körner

Director of Artistic Production, Opéra National de Lyon

Robert Körner studied ballet at the Palucca-Schule, Dresden (1987-1989) and the Hochschule für Musik Köln (1989-1991). In 1999 he also completed a programme in Cultural Management at the Fernuniversität Hagen.

From 1991 to 1999 he was a soloist with the Saarländischen Staatstheater, Saarbrücken, becoming ballet Administrator and head of planning and administration for the ballet company in 1997.

Between 1999 and 2001 he served as head of planning and production at the Städtischen Bühnen Osnabrück. In 2001 he took over as director of artistic production at the Theater Dortmund, where he also served as director of casting. Among the projects he saw through to completion were Wager’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, several world premieres and the anniversary season ‘100 Years Theater Dortmund’ (2004/2005).  

Since 2007 Robert Körner has been director of artistic production at the Opéra national de Lyon, with responsibilities including programming, casting, production and planning. Under his leadership, the opera house has engaged in co-productions with the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro alla Scala di Milano; De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam; Staatsoper Unter den Linden; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; Royal Opera House, Muscat; Wiener Festwochen; Holland Festival as well as festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Athens and Tokyo. He has served as head of production for numerous CD and DVD recordings, TV broadcasts and video transmissions, and overseen the organisation of multiple tours in France and abroad (Asia, America, New Zealand and Europe). He also leads the opera house’s Young Artist Programme (in collaboration with its artistic director).

Robert Körner has been a jury member of several singing competitions.