Pierre Audi was born in Beirut. In 1979, he founded the Almeida Theatre and its contemporary music festival and remained there as its director until 1989. From 1988 to 2018, he was Artistic Director of the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam where he staged many of his original productions, including the first unabridged version of Berlioz’s Les Troyens in Holland, Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen and a cycle of four operas by Monteverdi. He has worked with several visual artists of note, including Karel Appel, Georg Baselitz, Anish Kapoor, Herzog & de Meuron, Jannis Kounellis, and Jonathan Meese. In addition, Pierre Audi has directed numerous works of contemporary music, including Harrison Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy, Morton Feldman’s Neither, Claude Vivier’s Rêves d’un Marco Polo, Stockhausen’s Aus Licht and world premiere productions of works by Wolfgang Rihm, Jonathan Harvey, Theo Loevendie, Guus Janssen, Hans Werner Henze, Tan Dun, Param Vir, Kaija Saariaho, and Alexander Knaifel. He has made guest appearances at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (Henze’s Venus und Adonis, Parsifal), the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris (Il matrimonio segreto, Orlando furioso, Médée, Tristan und Isolde), the Salzburg Festival (Die Zauberflöte, Dionysos), the Drottningholm Court Theatre (Tamerlano, Alcina, Zoroastre), the Paris Opera (La Juive, Tosca), the Vienna Staatsoper (Rigoletto), the Theater an der Wien (Partenope), La Monnaie in Brussels (Pelléas et Mélisande, Iphigénie en Aulide, Iphigénie en Tauride, Orlando, Tamerlano, Alcina), the New York Metropolitan Opera (Attila, Guillaume Tell), the Ruhrtriennale (Gisela!), and the Teatro Real in Madrid (Ginastera’s Bomarzo). He also directed the world premieres of Julian Anderson’s Thebans at the English National Opera, Pascal Dusapin’s Penthésilée at La Monnaie in Brussels, Louis Andriessen’s Theatre of the World in Amsterdam, and György Kurtág’s Samuel Beckett: Fin de partie at Milan’s La Scala. He took over as artistic director of the Aix Festival in 2018 and he has been artistic director of the Park Avenue Armory in New York since 2015. He has received numerous honours for his productions, including the Lesley Boosey Award, the Dutch Critics’ Prize, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize, the Silver Medal of the City of Amsterdam, which was given to him in 2014, and the first Johannes Vermeer Award. He will also be directing the world premiere production of The Arab Apocalypse by the Palestinian-Israeli composer, Samir Odeh-Tamimi at the 2021 Aix Festival.