Floris Visser

Floris Visser studied as a director and actor at the Theatre Academy of Maastricht. Subsequently, he studied classical voice at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.

Floris has rapidly gained international recognition as one of the leading talents of the next generation of opera directors. In 2013 he was appointed artistic director of the opera company Opera Trionfo. Currently he is working on a series of newly composed operas called Sign of the Time, in co-production with the Dutch National Opera and the world-renowned Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble. The first episode, Fortress Europe, will be composed by Calliope Tsoupaki and will premiere during the Opera Forward Festival 2017.

Floris was the first Dutch director ever to be invited to the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow, where he staged Mozart's Così fan tutte. This production received five nominations for the Golden Masks, Russia's most prestigious theatre prize. His 2013 production of Puccini's La Bohème in Theater Osnabrück was also very well received. His international breakthrough was his production of Britten’s Owen Wingrave for Opera Trionfo, which has been revived many times since its original premiere in 2013. Furthermore, his production of Orphée et Eurydice for the Nederlandse Reisopera was awarded Opera of the Year 2015 by Operamagazine and got nothing but ‘five star’ reviews in all the newspapers. His recent direction of Janáček's Jenůfa at the Staatsoper Hannover was also received with high acclaim. 

In 2012 Floris received the honour of becoming the youngest person ever appointed as Cultural Professor at the Delft University of Technology. He created a most successful production of Bizet’s Carmen there. He was awarded the Charlotte Köhler Award by the Prince Bernhard Culture Foundation in 2013.