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Jorge Lavelli (born 1932, Buenos Aires) is a French theater and opera director of Italian ethnicity and Argentine origin. The son of Italian immigrants in Argentina, Lavelli has lived in France since the early 1960s. He became a French citizen in 1977.
In 1967, Lavelli began a collaboration with Jean Vilar to stage Goethe's Triumph der Empfindsamkeit (Triumph of Sensitivity) and Oscar Panizza's The Cathedral of Love (1969; sets and costumes by the surrealist painter Leonor Fini). From 1987 to 1996 he was head of the Théâtre de la Colline in Paris.
Lavelli has staged plays by Calderón, Shakespeare, Corneille, Ramon del Valle-Inclan, García Lorca, Ionesco, Schnitzler, Brecht, Pirandello, Dürrenmatt, Thomas Bernhard, O'Neill, Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Peter Handke, Edward Bond, George Tabori, Chekhov, Bulgakov, and Mrocze, and operas by Bartók, Bizet, Debussy, Gottfried von Einem, Gounod, Janáček, Luigi Nono, Maurice Ohana, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Heinrich Sutermeister. As an opera director he worked mainly for the Paris Opera, but also for the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Lavelli has won theatrical prizes in France, Spain, and Italy. He was made Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1993, Commander of the Order of the Legion of Honor in 1994, and Chevalier (in 1992) and Officer (in 2002) of the National Order of Merit. He has been nominated seven times for the Molière Award for best director, although he has never won.
- El teatro de Jorge Lavelli: el discurso del gesto (J. Tcherkaski, 1983 - Buenos Aires: Editorial de Belgrano - ISBN 978-950-577-060-1) (in Spanish)
- Jorge Lavelli, des années 60 aux années Colline: un parcours en liberte (A. Satgé, 1996 - Paris: PUF) (in French)