Robert Carsen (born 23 June 1954) is a Canadian opera director. He was born in Toronto and is the son of philanthropist Walter Carsen.
He trained as an actor in Canada and at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School,  and it was there that he became interested in directing. Carsen was apprenticed for five years at theGlyndebourne Festival Opera.
Carsen started at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in 1987. He stood out as a designer with the National Ballet of Canada and subsequently staged Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner in Cologne, Eugene Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera, Il Trovatore in Bregenz, Capriccio by Richard Strauss, Alcina by Handel and Rusalka at the Opera Bastille with Renée Fleming, La Traviata at La Fenice, Mefistofele at the San Francisco Opera and Der Rosenkavalier at the Salzburg Festival.
Additionally, his staging of Verdi's Falstaff - a five-company co-production which includes Milan's La Scala, London's Covent Garden (where both companies gave performances in the 2012/13 season). the Canadian Opera Company, The Netherlands Opera and New York's Metropolitan Opera. The Met's December 2013 staging also received acclaim.
- "Robert Carsen - Stage Magic". Inspired Minds (Deutsche Welle). 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
- Martin Kettle, "Falstaff – review", The Guardian (London), 16 May 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2013
- Anthony Tommasini, "In Carsen’s 'Falstaff' at the Met, Verdi Through a Postwar Lens", The New York Times, 7 December 2013