Born in Beirut, Pierre Audi founded the Almeida Theatre and its contemporary music festival in 1979 and was its director until 1989.
From 1988 to 2018, he was Artistic Director of the National Opera in Amsterdam, where he created most of his productions, including the first complete production in the Netherlands of Berlioz's Les Troyens and Wagner's Ring Cycle, and the cycle of four Monteverdi operas. He has worked with renowned visual artists such as Karel Appel, Georg Baselitz, Anish Kapoor, Herzog & de Meuron, Jannis Kounellis and Jonathan Meese. At the same time, Pierre Audi has staged numerous contemporary music works, such as Harrison Birtwistle's Punch and Judy, Morton Feldman's Neither, Claude Vivier's Rêves d'un Marco Polo, Stockhausen's Aus Licht, and the world premieres of works by Wolfgang Rihm, Jonathan Harvey, Theo Loevendie, Guus Janssen, Hans Werner Henze, Tan Dun, Param Vir, Kaija Saariaho, Alexander Knaifel.
He has been invited by the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich (Henze's Venus and Adonis, Parsifal), the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Il matrimonio segreto, Orlando furioso, Medea, Tristan und Isolde), the Salzburg Festival (Die Zauberflöte, Dionysius), the Drottningholm Court Theatre (Tamerlano, Alcina, Zoroaster), the Paris Opera (La Juive, Tosca), the Vienna Staatsoper (Rigoletto), the Theater an der Wien (Partenope), La Monnaie de Bruxelles (Pelléas et Mélisande, Iphigénie en Aulide, Iphigénie en Tauride, Orlando, Tamerlano, Alcina), the Metropolitan Opera New York (Attila, Guillaume Tell), the Ruhrtriennale (Gisela!), the Teatro Real in Madrid (Bomarzo by Ginastera). He has directed the world premieres of Julian Anderson's Thebans (English National Opera), Pascal Dusapin's Penthesilee (La Monnaie, Brussels), Louis Andriessen's Theatre of the World in Amsterdam and Samuel Beckett's Fin de Partie by György Kurtág at La Scala in Milan.
In 2018, he took over the direction of the Aix-en-Provence Festival and has been artistic director of the Park Avenue Armory in New York since 2015. He has received numerous awards for his directing, including the Lesley Boosey Award, the Dutch Critics' Prize, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize, the Silver Medal of the City of Amsterdam awarded in June 2014, the first Johannes Vermeer Award. In 2021, he directed the premiere of The Arab Apocalypse by the Israeli-Palestinian composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and in early 2022, Rigoletto (Vienna Staatsoper), Orphée et Euridice (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino) and Parsifal (Bayerische Staatsoper).
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