Vincent Huguet initially pursued a career in history and art history with a particular focus on contemporary art. In 2008, he met Patrice Chéreau, and soon began collaborating with him, first, on Faces and Bodies at the Louvre, and then on The Night Just Before the Forest (Bernard-Marie Koltès), Autumn Dream (Jon Fosse) and Elektra (Richard Strauss) at the Aix Festival where Huguet was also a dramatist. He then directed revivals of the latter in Milan, New York, Helsinki, Berlin and Barcelona. In addition to Chereau, Huguet has worked with Luc Bondy, Peter Sellars and Ivo van Hove. In 2012, at the Montpellier Opera, he staged Lakmé, his first production. In 2015, he directed three new works: Love I Obey, with Rosemary Standley, at the Scène nationale in Alençon and the Philharmonie in Paris; the world premiere production of Contes de la lune vague après la pluie (Xavier Dayer) at the Rouen Opera and the Opéra Comique in Paris, and Encor sur le pavé sonne mon pas nocturne (Reynaldo Hahn and Marcel Proust) for the Aix Festival Academy and the Grignan Festival. In 2016, he directed To be or not to be (Shakespeare/Purcell) at the Rouen Opera, and Les Voyages de Don Quichotte (Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss, Manuel de Falla, Jules Massenet) at the Bordeaux Opera. Together with Sébastien Daucé and his ensemble Correspondances, he created Trois femmes, a production based on Charpentier’s Sacred Stories that was staged in Caen, Bruges, Lyon Versailles and London. In 2017, he was involved in the creation of Vaille que vivre (Barbara) at the Avignon Festival with Alexandre Tharaud and Juliette Binoche. He also directed La Vie parisienne in Bordeaux with Marc Minkowski conducting, and Werther at the Stadttheater in Klagenfurt (Austria), under the baton of Lorenzo Viotti, with whom he realised several projects at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon). In 2018, he was charged with organising the inaugural gala to celebrate the Paris Opera’s 350th anniversary, and he also returned to Aix-en-Provence to direct Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas—a production that was restaged in the winter of 2019 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Also in 2019, he directed Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Luzerner Theater in Switzerland and in May of that year, he directed Die Frau ohne Schatten with Christian Thielemann conducting at the Vienna Staatsoper to mark the centenary of the work’s creation. He also teamed up with Marc Minkowski again in Bordeaux for a new production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann. His current projects include the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy under the baton of Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and Verdi’s Don Carlos at the Théâtre de Bâle.
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