Pierre Audi is a critically acclaimed director and artistic director, serving jointly as the artistic director of Park Avenue Armory and the director of the Dutch National Opera. He founded the Almeida Theatre in London, which, under his direction, has established an international reputation for producing provocative new plays and musical commissions; introducing a vast number of then-living composers to the U.K., from Cage to Schnittke and Arvo Pärt; and mounting for the first time in the U.K. works by Robert Wilson, Deborah Warner, Simon McBurney, and Robert Lepage, among others.
Appointed as head of the Dutch National Opera in 1988, Mr. Audi was the youngest opera leader at the time and today is the longest serving in the world. The numerous critically acclaimed performances including his staging of Wagner’s Ring cycle, in which the orchestra was set in the middle of the stage, and his now-classic Monteverdi cycle, which has been presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sydney Festival, and Los Angeles Opera. Mr. Audi has also worked as a guest director at a number of opera and theater companies, including The Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opéra, Ruhrtriennale, Salzburg Festival, and Vienna Staatsoper.
From 2004 to 2014 Mr. Audi served as artistic director of the Holland Festival, presenting works in music, dance, theater, and visual art by such artists as William Kentridge and Ryoji Ikeda; directors Peter Sellars, Sam Mendes, and Ivo van Hove; choreographers William Forsythe, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker; and contemporary composers John Adams, Nico Muhly, and Louis Andriessen.
Pierre Audi has previously worked with Kaija Saariaho, staging the Dutch Premiere of her opera L’Amour de Loin in 2005 as well as creating a mise-en-espace for the World Premiere of Circle Map at the Holland Festival with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2012.
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