© Erwin Olaf
© Erwin Olaf

Pierre Audi

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Pierre Audi was born in Beirut (Lebanon). He grew up there and in Paris. In 1979, Pierre Audi founded the Almeida Theatre in London and its Festival of Contemporary Music, which he directed until 1989.


Since 1988 he is artistic director of De Nederlandse Opera. Many of his productions, introduced there, have gone on to win acclaim on other stages, including his cycle of all four Monteverdi operas, which have been seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sydney Festival and Los Angeles Opera. He staged the first Netherlands production of Wagner’s Ring cycle, as well as many other opera productions. His international career led him to the most important opera houses like the Bavarian State Opera (Venus and Adonis), Sweden’s Drottningholm Court Theatre (Tamerlano, Alcina and Zoroastre), Salzburg Festival (Die Zauberflöte) and Dyonisos, Paris Opera (La Juive) and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Il matrimonio segreto, Orlando Furioso and Medée).


At the Brussel’s Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie he staged Pelléas et Mélisande, Iphigenie en Aulide and Tauride and Orlando.


He directed Attila and Guillaume Tell at the Metropolitan Opera New York as well as, Dionysos at the Salzburg Festival and the new Opera of Henze Gisela at the Ruhrtrienale in Germany. His production of Parsifal at the Nederlandse Opera and Gurrelieder was recently highly acclaimed both by the critics and the public.


These projects were followed by: Die Eroberung von Mexico and Bomarzo at the Teatro Real Madrid, Rigoletto at the Vienna State Opera, Tosca at the Paris Opera and Tristan und Isolde at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.


Further projects are Parsifal at the Munich State Opera and Fin de Partie at La Scala, Milano.


His numerous awards include the Prize of Holland’s Theater Critics and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Theater Prize. He is a member of the Order of the Dutch Lion and a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. Since 2004 he has been artistic director of the Holland Festival. Pierre Audi is Director of the Amory Hall in New York and since 2019 of the Aix en Provence-Festival.

For the most recent biography, please contact Florian Schadhauser