Pierre Audi

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Pierre Audi (born 1957 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a French-Lebanese theatre director and artistic director.

Early life[edit]

Audi is the son of the Lebanese banker Raymond Audi and Andrée Michel Fattal, the eldest of three children.[1] Audi's family were originally from Saida, but he attended the French Lycée in Beirut. While still at school, he initiated a cinema club and invited speakers including the film directors Pier Paolo Pasolini and Jacques Tati.

For family reasons, he moved to Paris in France and there attended the Collège Stanislas de Paris.[1] At the age of 17, Audi together with his family moved to England. He studied history at Exeter College, Oxford. In his last year at Oxford during November 1977, he directed an Oxford University Dramatic Society production of Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare at the Oxford Playhouse.[2]

Almeida Theatre[edit]

In 1979, Audi founded the Almeida Theatre, an experimental theatre in Islington, north London. He directed many productions at the Almeida Theatre in the 1980s.

Netherlands Opera[edit]

Since 1988, Audi has been the artistic director of the Dutch National Opera. Audi's productions with the Dutch National Opera include the first complete performance of Ring Cycle in the Netherlands, the Lorenzo Da Ponte operas by Mozart, Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, Peter Greenaway and Louis Andriessen's Rosa - A Horse Drama and Writing to Vermeer, Alexander Knaifel's Alice in Wonderland, and Claude Vivier's Rêves d'un Marco Polo. He worked with Iranian-born choreographer, Amir Hosseinpour on both Castor & Pollux (2009), and on La Juive (2007). Audi commissioned the opera Life with an Idiot by Alfred Schnittke.

From 2005, Audi has also been artistic director of the Holland Festival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pierre Audi, One Fine Art.
  2. ^ Timon of Athens programme, Oxford University Dramatic Society, Oxford Playhouse, November 1977.

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