RICHARD BRUNEL

Stage Director of theatre and opera

He was admitted as an actor to the Saint-Etienne drama school (École Nationale du Centre dramatique de Saint-Étienne) and as a stage director, he was admitted to stage direction department of the Paris Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique (the CNSAD, a higher education and professional acting school under the direction of the Ministry of Culture) with Robert Wilson, Alain Françon, Kristian Lupa, Peter Stein and Patrice Chéreau. He was appointed director of the Comédie de Valence. He took office in January 2010 to december 2019, He will be the general director of Opera de Lyon in september 2021.

The stage director’s projects tackled classic texts belonging to the French and European repertoires (Ramon del Valle-Inclán, Eugène Labiche, Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Odon Von Horvath, Bertolt Brecht, Witold Gombrowicz, Cyril Tourneur, Georges Feydeau, Henrik Ibsen), contemporary works (Pauline Sales, Lioubomir Simovic, Peter Handke, Christine Angot, Olivier Balazuc), novels adapted for the stage (Franz Kafka, Maupassant, Samira Sédira, Edouard Louis, Julie Otsuka). In 2011, Richard Brunel opened a series on Justice/Injustice and created a play by Ferdinand Bruckner, Les Criminels (Criminals), The production was acclaimed by the French Union of Critics (Syndicat de la critique) which awarded it the prestigious Georges-Lerminier Prize. He directed Avant que j’oublie, a play by and with Vanessa Van Durme who was elected best actress by the Union of Critics.

In differents opera houses, he directed repetoire between 2005 to 2019 : Kurt Weil (Opéra de Lyon), Franz-Joseph Haydn (Festival d’Aix et tournée européenne), Benjamin Britten (Opéra Comique), Léo Delibes (Opéra de Rouen) Gaetano Donizetti (Opéra de Lille), Mozart (Festival d’aix-en-Provence), Victor Ullmann (Opéra de Lyon), Poulenc, Verdi (Klagenfurt), Berlioz (La Monnaie) and Zemlinsky (Lyon). He directed news commissions from Philip Glass, Marco Stroppa, Thierry Escaich and  Philippe Boesmans.