Anthony Pilavachi was born in Cyprus and grew up in France. Even before his Stage Management course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London, Anthony Pilavachi directed (1983) la Serva Padrona by Pergolesi in Monte-Carlo and was given a grant by the Foundation Princess Grace of Monaco for his studies in London.
After assisting many Stage Directors he was, between 1987 and 1992, Assistant and House Director at the Bonn Opera House under Jean-Claude Riber. From 1992 to 1995 he was House Director at the Cologne Opera under Michael Hampe. Since which he has been working freelance and over 80 operas stand as a testament to his popularity in Europe and beyond (his 80th opera production was Strauss’ Salome in Taipei in July 2014).
In 2002 Anthony Pilavachi directed the World Premiere of the reconstructed Verdi Opera Gustavo III in Göteborg as well as the German premiere, in January 2004, in Darmstadt.
His worldwide acclaimed Ring des Nibelungen, which he directed between 2007 and 2010, in Lübeck, won the German Record Award for Best Opera DVD in 2011 and the Echo Klassik Award, in 2012, for the best Opera DVD 2012 worldwide.
In the 2014/15 season he directed: Berlioz La Damnation de Faust at the Lübeck Opera House; Cimarosa’s L´impressario in angustie; the World Premiere of Gordon Gettys Opera The Ghost of Canterville, after Oscar Wilde and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci at the Opera House in Leipzig. To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Hofkappelle Meiningen he will present Richard Strauss’ Capriccio in October 2015, followed by productions in Leipzig (Rigoletto), Chemnitz (Werther) and Weimar (My Fair Lady).