FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK:
“Peter Pan” by J. M. Barry
FAVORITE CHILDREN’S SONG:
“ORANGES AND LEMONS” British Play-Party Song
English, French, German, and a little Italian
Denni Sayers has been the Director, Associate Director/Choreographer of many Opera productions throughout the world. She was born in a small village, East Anglia, located in England. She now lives in London.
In the Spring of 2003, Zachary Jalufka, a former Pearl Hall Elementary student, had the great opportunity to perform with the Houston Grand Opera’s as a member of children’s chorus in the world premier of “The Little Prince” based on the book of the same title written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. He and the other children worked closely with Denni throughout the production.
Pearl Hall students and families who had never been to an opera attended for the first time to take advantage of the opportunity to see one of their classmates on “the big stage”. Zachary performed again with the HGO’s children’s chorus in the production of “Tosca” in the Fall of 2003.
Denni Sayers’s directorial credits include her recently acclaimed production of West Side Story for the Habima Theatre, Israel; The BFG and The Snowman for the Lyric Theatre (Belfast); YoHo for the Leicester Haymarket; Virtual Reality at the London International Opera Festival; and Takeaway with Cambridge Theatre Company. She also re-directed Carmen for London’s Royal Opera on tour in the Jerusalem Festival. Ms. Sayers choreographed Medea for Opera North, Maria Stuarda for Scottish Opera, and Orfeo ed Euridice for New Israeli Opera. She choreographed Paul Bunyan and The Bartered Bride at the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, Boris Godunov at English National Opera, Arshak 11 in San Francisco, Peter Grimes in Amsterdam, War and Peace at the Bastille and Of Mice and Men in Bregenz, all with Francesca Zambello, and Parsifal at English National Opera, San Francisco and Chicago, Henze’s Boulevard Solitude at the Royal Opera house at Covent Garden and The Bartered Wife at Glyndebourne. Current and future engagements include Boris Godunov at Opéra National de Paris and a new production of Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.