Black and white portrait of Carolyn Choa

Carolyn Choa

Associate Director


Previously for ENO: Madam Butterfly, The Pilgrim’s Progress

Career Highlights

Choreography: The Storyteller; Greek Myths (Jim Henson/Channel 4); The Bartered Bride (Belfast Opera); Eugene Onegin, Lakmé (RCM); Land of Smiles (RAM); Mirandolina (Lyric Hammersmith); The Crucible (LAMDA); Moll Flanders (Granada); The English Patient (Miramax); The Talented Mr Ripley (Paramount/Miramax); Feast of Snails (West End); Danscross (Beijing Dance Academy); Kommilitonen! (RAM, Juilliard); Parsifal (Opéra de Lyon, the Met); a filmed solo for the Bronte Museum, Citizen Puppet (Blind Summit, Edinburgh Festival).

Recent directing credits: Die Fledermaus (Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts); artinstallation for the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard. She is co-editor/ translator of Picador Book of Contemporary Chinese Fiction, and translated the screenplay of Flowers of War (dir. Zhang Yimou). She co-produced The Wisdom of Crocodiles, and for Miramax acted as consultant on several Chinese films including Hero (dir. Zhang Yimou) and The Promise (dir. Chen Kaige). She was a director of ENO Opera Works and has led workshops for the University of the Arts. She and Anthony Minghella shared the Olivier Award for Outstanding Contribution to Opera for Butterfly; she was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement awards; and Parsifal, which she choreographed, was the recipient of the Claude Rostland Award for Best Production by the French Critics’ Association, and the Diapason d’Or.

Last updated: 3rd November 2023