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Andrei Serban was born in Romania and studied at the Institute of Theatre and Film Arts in Bucharest where he directed a number of stage dramas including a much-praised production of Julius Caesar. He received a grant from the Ford Foundation which enabled him to work with the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company in New York. He would spend several years there during which time he directed the Greek trilogy The Trojan Women, Electra, and Medea. In 1999, he received the prestigious George Abbott Award in the United States to honour the impact his work exerted on 20th century theatre. In 1992, he became Professor of Theatre at the Columbia University School of the Arts in New York, where he trained young actors and directors. He has directed several stage productions in Paris, including L’Avare (The Miser) and The Merchant of Venice at the Comédie-Française. He has also worked at some of the great international opera houses in London, San Francisco, Chicago, Vienna, Geneva, Venice, and Barcelona). His resumé of opera productions includes Die Zauberflöte at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Thaïs and Elektra in Nice, The Ring Cycle in San Francisco, Die Lustige Witwe, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Werther and Manon at the Vienna Staatsoper, Turandot at the Royal Opera House in London, Benvenuto Cellini and Faust at the Metropolitan Opera, and I puritani, The Fiery Angel, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’Italiana in Algeri, Les Indes galantes, Khovanshchina, Les Vêpres siciliennes and Otello at the Paris Opera.
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