Richard Peduzzi is an architect, painter, and stage designer for both theatre and opera who, from 1968 onwards, was the scenographer for all of Patrice Chéreau’s productions. He was appointed director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratif, a position he held from 1990 to 2002, before taking over as the director of the French Academy in Rome (the Villa Médicis) from 2002 to 2008.
He also masterminded the sets for several of Luc Bondy’s productions: Botho Strauss’s Time and the Room, Le Conte d’hiver (1986), Le Chemin solitaire (1988), Jouer avec le feu (1996), Le Tour d’écrou (2001), Anatol (2002), Cruel and Tender (2003), Hercules (2004), and Julie (2005). A creator of contemporary furniture for the Mobilier National, the Bibliothèque de France, the Louvre and the public areas and library of the Villa Médicis, together with architect Jean-Loup Roubert he oversaw the restauration of the interior architecture and museography of the Palais Garnier’s Library-Museum. He also designed the spatial installation for the French Pavilion at the Universal Exposition of Seville in 1992, as well as the areas dedicated to architecture and opera at the Musée d’Orsay and the exhibition spaces explaining the history of the Palais Garnier and the Louvre.
He has been the scenographer for numerous exhibitions, at the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay (Chardin, The Century of Titian, Degas, The Birth of Impressionism, Nijinsky, Mantegna). More recently, he created the sets for Luc Bondy's production of Tosca (at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich), Emma Dante's production of Carmen at Milan’s La Scala, Yvonne, princesse de Bourgogne at the Paris Opera, Luc Bondy’s Tartuffe et Ivanov at the Odéon, Patrice Chéreau’s Elektra at the Aix Festival.
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