André Heller-Lopes is the winner of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 “Carlos Gomes Prize”, Brazil’s most prestigious prize in the field of Opera and Classical Music. He was nominated for his stagings of Andrea Chenier, Ariadne auf Naxos and Samson et Dalila, and Der Rosenkavalier. His production of Janácek’s The Diary of the One who Disappeared and Savitri was described as “one of the best shows of the year” (Opera – UK), while his production of Ariadne auf Naxos was defined as “ adventurous, fearless staging” (Folha de São Paulo – Brazil). In 2011 he has become the first Brazilian to ever direct the operas from Wagner's Ring.
 
A native of Rio de Janeiro, he trained at San Francisco Opera's Merola Program where he met director John Copley, becoming his assistant. This led him to pursue an internship at Metropolitan Opera and, in 2003, he was the first stage director to join the Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s Young Artists Programme.

For two consecutive seasons he assisted stage directors like Warner, Loy, Miller, Armfield, Martone and Cox, in over fifteen different productions. At Covent Garden he also directed concert-stagings of Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Così fan tutte and an all-'Shakespearian opera' concert. He also directed Janácek's Diary of the one who disappeared and a staged version of  Debussy's Cinq poèmes de Baudelaire at the Linbury Studio Theatre. He was invited back to the ROH to help revived Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera.

A post-graduate from Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University Music School, where he is also professor  for Stagecraft and History of Opera at the Voice Department. In 2011 André Heller-Lopes was awarded the Philosophy Doctor Degree ( Phd ) by King's College London for his thesis on 19th century opera.

Over the years André Heller-Lopes has staged a wide variety of works, becoming Brazil'sost celebrated opera stage director. Among his productions are Idomeneo, Mozart y Salieri, Der Schauspieldirektor, Andrea Chénier,  La fille du régiment, Savitri, Une éducation maqueée, Diary of the one who disappeared, Le donne cambiate, Cendrillon, Ariadne auf Naxos, Samson et Dalila, Falstaff, The barber of seville, Dido & Aeneas, Der Rosenkavalier, La bella dormente nel bosco, Der Zwerg, L’occasione fa il ladro, Trouble in Tahiti, Tosca, Rigoletto Hansel und Gretel, Nabucco and widely acclaimed Wagner productions: the Manaus Tristan und Isolde (praised in OpernWelt) and the 'Brazilian Ring' (Die Walküre in 2011 and Götterdämmerung in 2012).

Apart from Wagner and Strauss, André Heller-Lopes has enjoyed a particular success in late nineteen-century and verismo works, twenty century and contemporary Brazilian operas.

Future plans include a new productions Jenufa (Buenos Aires), Eugene Oneguin (Salzburg), the revival of Walküre in Rio de Janeiro and a new Rheingold in Sao Paulo. A recipient of the Britten 100Award, Andre will the the Brazilian premiere of A midsummer night's dream in 2013.