Christophe Gayral makes his COC debut with this production. Mr. Gayral studied as an actor at the Rue Blanche in Paris. His work as assistant director with Robert Carsen includes Les Boréades, Alcina, Le nozze di Figaro, La Traviata, Iphigénie en Tauride, Richard III, Candide, Armide and L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Credits with Philippe Sireuil include La Favorite, Così fan tutte; Pelléas et Mélisande; Le nozze di Figaro and Rigoletto. He assisted Muriel Téodori on the world premiere of Welcome to the Voice for Théâtre du Châtelet with Sting and Elvis Costello. Mr. Gayral co-wrote Le Grand Carrousel, an equestrian opera, for Brussels. He wrote and directed Jai mata di, an Indo-French co-production. He has trained many young singers, particularly in Belgium, directing them in L’enfant et les sortilèges, The Telephone and La serva padrona. For the Alden Biesen Festival in Belgium, Mr. Garyral directed Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor and the world premiere of La Fable de Ooh et Aah by Andrew Wise. In 2010, he directed Il matrimonio segreto for the Opéra national du Rhin, which will be revived this December in Rennes.