Arnaud Bernard


Stage Director, Lighting and Costume Designer

Arnaud Bernard is considered one of the most exciting stage directors in Europe, he combines the visions of the composer with modern aspects, in a perfect symbiosis. He graduated from the Conservatoire de Strasbourg as a violinist, and for several seasons performed with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. From the late 80s Arnaud Bernard began to try his hand at stage directing, working as an assistant to Nicolas Joëlle and Jean-Claude Auvray, as well as the in-house stage director of the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. Later he revived over thirty-five productions by Joëlle, including Roméo et Juliette at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) and Lucia di Lamermoor at the Metropolitan Opera. As a director he made his debut in 1995 with a production of Il trovatore in Toulouse, and one year later he staged Falstaff at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston (USA).

The stage director's portfolio includes some twenty titles, most of them standard repertoire Italian and French operas (I Capuleti e i Montecchi, L'elisir d'amore, La traviata, Rigoletto, Tosca, Cavalleria rusticana, Carmen and Manon among others) Has worked at the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Teatro Massimo, the Teatro La Fenice, the Opéra de Lausanne, the Finnish National Opera and the Prague National Theatre. He has been the youngest stage director ever who worked at the Arena di Verona with his production of La Bohème, created in 2005 (revived in 2007 and 2011). In Russia the director has staged three productions: La Juive and La Bohème at the Mikhailovsky Theatre and Roméo et Juliette at the Novaya Opera in Moscow. His debut work, La Juive, was nominated for a Golden Mask award in six categories. In the 2016-17 season Bernard, in addition to a new production of I vespri siciliani at the Mariinsky Theatre, will be staging Nabucco for an opera festival at the Arena di Verona. Future plans include a new production of Simon Boccanegra in Lausanne and Riga, Manon in Bilbao, The Queen of Spades in Oslo, Madama Butterfly in Moscow and Carmen in Helsinki.

For details please go to: www.arnaud-bernard.com

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