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Robert Carsen was born in Canada and trained as an actor before taking up directing. After spending nine years as an assistant director, he was noticed by Hugues Gall and went on to direct his first opera production, Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele, at the Geneva Opera in 1988: In 2004 the very same Hugues Gall commissioned him to direct Richard Strauss’s Capriccio, Gall’s final production as director of the Paris Opera. In 1991, the Aix Festival presented his production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which launched his career in France. Through each of his productions, Robert Carsen has forged a language of his own. All his work can be read as a celebration of theatre by theatre in opera. In the final scene of Capriccio, for example, he opened up the stage of the Palais Garnier that afforded the audience a view all the way to the Foyer de la Danse. Since 1991, he has directed twelve productions for the Paris Opera and he is undoubtedly one of the latter’s most representative directors: Nabucco, Manon Lescaut, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Lohengrin, Alcina, Capriccio, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Rusalka, Les Boréades, Tannhäuser, Elektra and Die Zauberflöte.
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