Opera Creation

Opera Creation

Opera Creation

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Opera Creation

Opera Creation Workshop The Opera Creation Workshop is open each year to young creators from all disciplines and is a place for reflection and discussion on artistic opera-related issues. This workshop seeks to define current values of opera and the tasks it will assume in the future. A process of reflection will take place, focusing equally on opera performance today and on the multidisciplinary aspects that it encompasses. Opera – as a genre, as a cultural offering and as a cultural practice – is the main subject of these discussions. The dramaturge Klaus Bertisch, who works for the Dutch National Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam amongst other places, will be in charge of leading this workshop. No doubt he will be able to illustrate his ideas with real-life experience from his own career and open up the debate in a constructive manner.

The enoa network, of which the Festival d’Aix and its Académie are founder members, was born from the wish of a number of operatic institutions to work more closely together to support the professional integration of the young artists and to support the development of their artistic ambitions. With the backing of the Creative Europe programme, enoa launched its programme designed for performers and creators, Young Opera Makers. It aims to provide young artists with a first-rate training pathway using contemporary, multidisciplinary approach to opera; to give them experience of performing and of the creative process; and to support the development and dissemination of new operatic works which contribute to diversifying audiences.

Thirteen members, over a thousand young artists and some three hundred professionals make up the enoa community. This Opera Creation Workshop is an workshop This Opera Creation Workshop is an workshop Follow on www.enoa-community.com @enoacommunity European network of opera academies - enoa enoa_community european-network-of-opera-academies

Opera Creation

Dramaturg Klaus BERTISCH TUTOR Meriç ARTAÇ Charlotte BRAY Bastien DAVID Fátima FONTE Anna GOLDANOWSKA Marc HAJJAR Lisenka HEIJBOER Max HOEHN Morten K. ROESEN Thomas KOTCHEFF Carolin MÜLLER-DOHLE Sandra POCCESCHI Stéphane Ghislain ROUSSEL Franck SIERA PARTICIPANTS Composer Composer Composer Composer Set designer Conductor Stage director Stage director Stage director Composer Dramaturg Stage director Stage director Playwright Member institutions of supporting participants: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Dutch National Opera Festival d'Aix-en-Provence La Monnaie / De Munt Snape Maltings Theaterakademie August Everding Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Member institutions of supporting participants:

Klaus Bertisch studied English and German language and literature, theory of education and art education in Frankfurt. He was a dramaturg with Frankfurt Opera. He subsequently worked with the Siemens Cultural Program in Munich and for opera houses and festivals in Germany, France, Belgium and Austria. He became Head of Dramaturgy with Dutch National Opera in 1990. He has worked widely as a dramaturg with Pierre Audi (in Amsterdam, Brussels, Salzburg Festival, at the Ruhrtriennale and in Madrid) and with Willy Decker in Dresden (Der Ring des Nibelungen), for Salzburg Festival (Die tote Stadt and La Traviata) and for the Liceu, Barcelona (Death in Venice). Other credits as a dramaturg away from Amsterdam include L’Étoile at Berlin State Opera for Dale Duesing, Così fan tutte at the Bolshoi in Moscow and Semele in Karlsruhe for Floris Visser. With Christof Loy he worked recently on Ariodante for the Salzburg Festival and in Amsterdam on La forza del destino.

He also has directed different projects often in collaboration with director Marcel Sijm and has staged recitals of songs with texts by Rilke, Heine, Goethe and Mörike with singers like Marlies Petersen, Olaf Bär or Mojca Erdmann. He directed Die lustige Witwe and The Gamblers at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. With soprano Esther Linssen, he recently developed the performance Lebensbaum, telling the story of a woman who was the child of a German Nazi- soldier and a Dutch woman with texts and music from Franz Schubert to Charles Aznavour. Klaus Bertisch has been a lecturer in theatre studies at the University of Amsterdam and taught at Opera Studio Nederland. He contributed to numerous books and journals, and published the collection Schwanenmärchen, a book about stage director Ruth Berghaus and the first German biography on the Dutch composer Leo Smit Unerhörtes Talent.


COMPOSER TURKEY • BORN IN 1990 MERIÇ ARTAÇ Meriç Artaç is a cultural entrepreneur in the broadest sense of the word. She was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1990. She started her musical education at the age of 5, when she entered the highly competitive Istanbul University State Conservatory. Upon graduating she moved to Rotterdam to study composition under de guidance of Robin de Raaf, Klaas de Vries, Luc Breawaeys, Hans Koolmees, René Uijlenhoet and most notably Peter-Jan Wagemans. In 2015, she graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in composition. As a top graduate, she was invited to have her opera Kayra performed at the Gaudeamus Muziek Week in Utrecht. In 2016, Meriç Artaç received "de Rotterdamse School Compositieprijs" a prize from Doelen Ensemble. This prize is awarded once a year to a composition student of Codarts. During the Red Sofa series on the 10th of October 2016, the Doelen Ensemble chose to play The Writer Quadrophonic, an electronic piece that Meriç Artaç composed in 2013. She focusses on creating and composing music for theatre projects and opera. Her interest in multidisciplinary pieces has resulted in collaborations with dance, theatre and film. She has composed works for Asko|Schönberg, Doelen Ensemble, Akom Ensemble. Her works have been performed during various festivals at De Doelen Rotterdam, Ostade Theater Amsterdam and TivoliVredenburg Utrecht.

Currently, she is working on a new piece for the Doelen Ensemble and International Dance theater to be performed on the 11th of March 2018 at DeLaMar, Amsterdam as well as a new opera Madam Koo with De Diamantfabriek and AKOM Ensemble to be performed on the 2nd of November 2018 at OstadeTheater, Amsterdam. As of June 1st, 2016, Meriç Artaç is the Artistic Director of AKOM Ensemble, an ensemble for contemporary classical music based in Rotterdam. – Dutch National Opera

An outstanding talent of her generation, the composer Charlotte Bray studied under Mark Anthony Turnage and Joe Cutler. She has written for leading musicians, including Lawrence Power and Roderick Williams. Her associations include the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and her work has featured at the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Tanglewood, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier. Sir Mark Elder, Oliver Knussen and Daniel Harding are among the renowned conductors who have performed her work.

2017 premieres include Voyage by The Nordic Saxophone Quartet (Torún, Poland); piano quartet Zustände by The Schubert Ensemble (Straford-on-Avon); and Blaze and Fall, a hommage to Kurtág, by the Jacquin Trio. Also, performances of At the Speed of Stillness by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in the ISCM World Music Days Festival; and Black Rainbow by the DalaSinfonietta and Wermland Opera Orchestra (Falun and Karlstad, Sweden). Collaborating with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on two occasions in 2016, Stone Dancer premiered at Aldeburgh Festival under Oliver Knussen; and her cello concerto Falling in the Fire under Sakari Oramo with Guy Johnston in the BBC Proms. Exploring the work of the late Tim Hetherington, a renowned photo journalist, the latter is motivated by the composer's endeavour to comprehend war and its impact in our world today. Other recent highlights include: Bluer than Midnight (Winsor Music, Boston); chamber opera Entanglement, in collaboration with librettist Amy Rosenthal (Cheltenham and Presteigne Festivals, Nova Music Opera); and a stage work Out of the Ruins (Royal Opera House Covent Garden). At the Speed of Stillness, Charlotte’s debut recording on NMC Records, was released in October 2014.

Her many accolades include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize; Lili Boulanger Prize; Critics’ Circle Award; Composer-in-residence with BCMG, Oxford Lieder Festival and Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival; named in The Evening Standard's Most Influential Londoners (2011); Honorary Member of Birmingham Conservatoire and named Alumni of the Year (2014); interviewed for Radio 3’s Composers’ Room series; residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Liguria Study Centre and Aldeburgh Music.

In July 2018, Charlotte Bray also takes part as composer to the music chamber residency of the Académie du Festival d’Aix. www.charlottebray.co.uk COMPOSER UNITED KINGDOM • BORN IN 1982 CHARLOTTE BRAY

Bastien David, first studied composition with José Manuel Lopez Lopez and Bernard Cavanna. He is currently studying with Gérard Pesson at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Paris. He was invited to follow the masterclass given by the Diotima Quartet at Noirlac Abbey as well as that given by Annette Schluenz during the 2017 Berlin Impuls Festival. His music has been performed by renowned ensembles such as, 2E2M, Instant Donné, Court- Circuit, Zafraan-Ensemble, Xamp, Selini Quartet. He obtains a « Commande d’État » with the Aleph ensemble for the creation of his piece D’une rayure.

His pieces have been programmed in such places as the Philharmonie de Paris, at the Théâtre de l’Aquarium at the Cartoucherie de Vincennes, the Marbrerie de Montreuil, at the Why Note Festival, at the Klasik Festival, at the Festival Le Bruit de la Musique, while recently at the 2017 Messiaen Festival for "Riff" for solo cello, which will be resumed at the Festival Aujourd'hui Musiques. His music has been broadcast on the Acousmonium GRM and on the airwaves of France Musique. Among his upcoming creations projects, a sextet for the musicians of the Ensemble InterContemporain, the commission of another sextet for the Présences Festival of RadioFrance for the TM + ensemble, as well as an order from the Festival Printemps des Arts of Monaco.

Bastien is very interested in music to the image. He is laureate of Sacem during the International Film Festival of Aubagne and win the Grand Prix of the audience during the Festival Musiques en Courts. He also composed the music for the animated short film The Beginning of the End directed by Manon David and selected in five international festivals, including the Short-Corner of the Cannes Film Festival. In July 2018, Bastien David also takes part as composer to the music chamber residency of the Académie du Festival d’Aix.


COMPOSER PORTUGAL • BORN IN 1983 FÁTIMA FONTE Fátima Fonte is a Portuguese composer based in Porto. In June 2012 she graduated with an MA in composition from the Conservatorium of music of Amsterdam, having Richard Ayres as the main teacher. Previously she studied for a BA at ESMAE in Porto. In the course of her Master of Arts, she researched Portuguese traditional vocal music. She has also worked with the Nieuw Ensemble, who played her pieces Sul and Lavava y suspirava at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and at other Dutch concert halls. Icarus Ensemble (Italy) played her piece Floating in Italy and in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012 (United Kingdom). The piece A Bird in the Garden, composed for the Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn (Holland), was performed by orkest de erepris in the Gaudeaumus Music Week (2013). As part of her interest in vocal music and different musical traditions, she went to India to study North Indian classical music with the singer Aparna Gurav.

In late years she has been working intensively with music theatre in Portugal. One of her main works – the opera buffa Querela dos Grilos – has been presented in numerous Portuguese theatres. Currently she is a Young Composer Associate at Teatro nacional São Carlos, composes and directs the group Canto Coral Experimental, and has collaborations with several theatre groups in Porto. – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Anna Goldanowska is a scenographer, designer, costume designer and architect based in Paris and working internationally. Born in Warsaw, she graduated from the Fine Art Academy in Warsaw and the École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Paris La Villette before obtaining her postgraduate degree in Scenography at ENSA in Nantes. Parallel to her artistic education, she has completed five years of Psychology studies and one year of the Multidisciplinary Science Program both at the Warsaw University.

She debuted in Nantes with Martini adapted and directed by Marion Malenfant (2011) and Richard III directed by Anne Theron (2010), with whom she also collaborated on L'Argent presented in 2013 at the Avignon Festival as well as Contractions (2014). She has also worked with young Polish theater directors: Maria Kwiecień, Washington Square (2014), The Saints (2014), The Mayor (2015) and Bartosz Zurowski, Kieł/Canine (2016). In the years 2013-2016, she co-created Diplomates, a collective with whom she designed installations and displays for fashion, exhibitions and performances such as; Jungle for OAMC at VNH Gallery in Paris; CDC Cabinet de curiosités de Thomas Erber at Sivilai in Bangkok; Piece Anarchive – J.P. Raynaud House at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In 2015, invited by Polish choreographer Renata Piotrowska-Auffret, she created Untitled an air installation presented in St Spot in Yokohama and then at the XS Gallery in Warsaw. The inflatable object later became a part of Piotrowska’s performance Common/Wspólne. Her last light installation for the We Are Vandals collective, was presented in Paris during Vandals Furor film launching.

Since 2015 she has been collaborating with recognized set and costume designer Malgorzata Szczesniak, with whom she worked on Krzysztof Warlikowski’s operas and theater performances. She assisted her in Wozzeck presented in Dutch Opera & Ballet, Pelléas and Mélisande played at Ruhrtriennale and From the House of the Death at The Royal Opera House. Currently, she prepares The Bassarids for The Salzburg Festival at Salzburger Festspiele and Lady Macbeth de Mzensk at Opera Bastille in Paris.


Having reached the semi-finals at the 54th Besançon competition, Marc Hajjar distinguishes himself by his atypical double path, both scientific and musical. Born in Paris, he started studying the violin, then obtained an advanced degree in music theory at an early age. He obtained his final diploma in violin, graduated from his Masters course in Engineering and began a career in that field. As he had long expressed an interest in conducting, he started studying under the tutelage of Jean-Sébastien Béreau. Still working full-time in engineering, Marc wished to continue further in music and conducting. He was then accepted to the Järvi Academy in 2013 and worked with Leonid Grin, before being admitted at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London, to study with Colin Metters and Sian Edwards. He decided to devote himself to conducting. Concurrently with these courses, Marc started to conduct professional ensembles such as the contemporary “Orchestre de flûtes français” and the contemporary group GMCL in Lisbon. He participated in masterclasses with Péter Eötvös, Matthias Pintscher, Martyn Brabbins, David Zinman and Mark Shanahan. He graduated in 2015 from his Masters at RAM. Since then he collaborates with European contemporary ensembles and in Besançon he got to conduct the Victor Hugo Franche-Comté Orchestra and the Sinfonie Orchester Basel. Driven by his interest in varied genre and repertoire, he is also co-founder and artistic director with Victor Jacob of ‘Place de l’Opéra’ in London and ‘Ensemble Nouvelles Portées’ in Paris. The latter is growing rapidly after less than two years of existence and its new 2017-2018 season is under development with concerts planned in France and abroad. Recent engagements include conducting in the Musicales de Normandie and Classique au Vert festivals. Marc Hajjar is laureate of the Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation and was supported by the Rotary Club.

www.marchajjar.com CONDUCTOR FRANCE • BORN IN 1984 MARC HAJJAR

STAGE DIRECTOR THE NETHERLANDS • BORN IN 1991 LISENKA HEIJBOER Lisenka Heijboer is a young stage director and has been Lotte de Beers assistant and co- director for the last three years now. Apart from working for De Beer, she has been assistant director to Pierre Audi, Laurent Pelly, Krzysztof Warlikowski and Monique Wagenmakers. She co-directed Traviata Remixed at the Grachtenfestival and the Kammeroper as well as a new opera, Caliban at the Opera Forward Festival in 2017. She staged Die Sieben Todsünden in Paradiso and half a year later she directed La Voix humaine at the Concertgebouw. In April 2018, together with playwright Camille Darby, she made a new one-act play/opera for Rewriting Zauberflöte, an operafront project on sexism and racism. In August 2018, she will direct a performance on Orfeo for the NJO Muziekzomer and the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam with Peter Leung and Pieter van Loenen and next season she will be assisting Pierre Audi on Aus Licht for the Holland Festival 2019. – Dutch National Opera

STAGE DIRECTOR UNITED KINGDOM • BORN IN 1989 MAX HOEHN Max Hoehn was the first recipient of the Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells Director Fellowship, a prize-winner at the 9th Europäischer Opernregie-Preis and a nominee for Best Young Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards. His productions as director include Biedermann and the Arsonists (Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells), Stephen Oliver’s The Waiter’s Revenge (Birmingham Opera Company), Il matrimonio segreto (Pop-Up Opera UK Tour), Erik Satie: Memoirs of a Pear-Shaped Life (Cheltenham Music Festival).

In summer 2017 he helped launch Opera Lab Europe with performances in Lisbon and London of three a cappella operas: Judith Weir’s King Harald’s Saga, Zad Moultaka’s Hummus and Stephen Oliver’s The Waiter’s Revenge. He wrote Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry, a new English translation of Musorgsky’s Khovanshchina for Graham Vick’s award-winning 2014 production for Birmingham Opera Company. He took part as librettist and director in Aldeburgh’s 2014-2015 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme.

He has assisted directors including Graham Vick, David Pountney, Johannes Erath and Jonathan Kent at Glyndebourne, Oper Frankfurt, Welsh National Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Grange Park and with the Mariinsky Theatre on tour. He co-programmed Festival Música na Fábrica in Lisbon’s LX Factory in 2017 with the support of the British Council. In 2017-2018, he directs a concert staging of The Fiery Angel (Scottish Opera), the National Opera Studio’s Residency at Scottish Opera, Rodelinda (Cambridge Handel Opera Company) and a promenade version of Hänsel und Gretel for school children in the woods (Iford Festival Education Programme). He has just completed Violetta’s Ghosts, a short film based on La Traviata, which is available to view on the Opera Vision website.

He is a 2017 Bursary winner of the International Opera Awards Foundation. – Snape Maltings

STAGE DIRECTOR DENMARK • BORN IN 1984 MORTEN K. ROESEN Morten K. Roesen was born in Denmark in 1984. He holds a MA in Dramaturgy from Aarhus University. He worked as assistant director at the Royal Danish Theatre, the Danish National Opera, Aarhus Theatre, and Teatret ved Sorte Hest. He was intern by Kasper Holten at Deutsche Oper, Berlin and at Theater an der Wien, Vienna. As stage director he won the Ring Award Off Competition in Graz in 2011. He also directed at State Opera Stara Zagora, the Danish music theatre ensemble Figura, two different Serbian opera companies Operosa & New Belgrade Opera, Copenhagen Opera Festival and by the Bulgarian theatre group 36 Monkeys.

In 2011 he received a scholarship for the Internationale Forum at Theatertreffen in Berlin. In 2017 he was chosen for the semi-final at the Ring Award competition in Graz, and participated in the final for the Nano Opera Competition in Moscow. In 2018 he was chosen for the Semi-final for European Opera Directing Prize in Birmingham. Furthermore in 2018 he was chosen for the Opera Management Course by Opera Europa and the Opera Creation Workshop by enoa with La Monnaie as the sending institution. truelinked.com/morten.k..roesen – La Monnaie / De Munt

Thomas Kotcheff is a Los Angeles based composer and pianist. His compositions have been described as “truly beautiful and inspired” (icareifyoulisten.com) and “explosive” (Gramophone magazine), and have been performed internationally by The Riot Ensemble, wild Up, Sandbox Percussion, Trio Appassionata, the Argus Quartet, the Lyris Quartet, USC Thornton Edge, The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, HOCKET, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Thomas has received awards and honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presser Foundation, the Aspen Summer Music Festival, BMI, ASCAP, the New York Youth Symphony, the National Association of Composers USA, the American Composers Forum, and has been a composition fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s National Composers Intensive, the Aspen Summer Music Festival and School, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. As a new music pianist, Thomas has dedicated himself to commissioning and premiering new piano works. He is the pianist and founding member of the Los Angeles based piano duo Hocket and he holds degrees in composition and piano performance from the Peabody Institute and the University of Southern California. In July 2018, Thomas Kotcheff also takes part as composer to the music chamber residency of the Académie du Festival d’Aix.


DRAMATURG GERMANY • BORN IN 1989 CAROLIN MÜLLER-DOHLE Carolin Müller-Dohle is a MA student of music theatre dramaturgy from Munich. She graduated High School in 2008 and then studied Literature and Arts & Media in Konstanz and Rome, completing it 2013 with a BA. After that she worked at the Bayerische Staatsoper for over three years in various positions: as PR consultant, as online editor and as PA to General Manager Nikolaus Bachler. In Autumn 2016, she began her studies of Dramaturgy at the Theaterakademie August Everding under the mentoring of Prof. Hans-Jürgen Drescher. There she has worked with renowned artists such as Christiane Pohle, Moritz Eggert, Thomas Köck and Sebastian Baumgarten in various projects.

As as dramaturg, one of her last productions was the German premiere of Johann Franz Xaver Sterkels opera Il Farnace at the Stadttheater Aschaffenburg (stage direction: Franziska Angerer/ Hannes Köpke). Apocalypse (not now) premiered in February at Reaktorhalle (Munich) and was invited to Körber Studio Junge Regie 2018: a production in which she was involved as dramaturg and co-creator of plot and music at the same time. In her work, Carolin is concerned with emphasising the contemporary relevance of operas, developing innovative music theatre projects and composing electronical and techno music. – Theaterakademie August Everding

STAGE DIRECTOR FRANCE • BORN IN 1977 SANDRA POCCESCHI Sandra Pocceschi studied philosophy and contemporary dance in Paris. She started her career as a dancer before to join the Opéra national du Rhin as a stage manager for two seasons. Since 2007, she works as an assistant director and revival director, currently collaborating a.o. with Mariame Clément, Alex Ollé and Romeo Castellucci on his opera productions. She’s also been working as a choreographer for Philippe Arlaud and Jean-Marie Villégier. In 2014, she won a 4th Prize at the Ring Award together with Cristina Niffeler (sets and costumes). As a stage director, she staged Pagliacci and Suor Angelica at the Florida Grand Opera in 2009, in collaboration with André Barbe (sets and costumes). Since 2014 she teams up with Giacomo Strada. Together they staged Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, L’Hirondelle inattendue of Simon Laks, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Schumann’s Manfred at the Opéra national de Montpellier, as well as Grieg’s Peer Gynt at the Auditorium de Lyon. Next season they will stage Leonard Evers’ Le Garcon et le Poisson magique at the Opéra national du Rhin.

STAGE DIRECTOR BELGIUM • BORN IN 1974 STÉPHANE GHISLAIN ROUSSEL School of Music and Drama and the CNR-Paris. After obtaining First Prizes for violin, chamber music, music theory and history of music, he directed his research on the relationship between music and the visual arts in the 20th century and works for many years as a researcher, Exhibition Curator and artistic programmers at the Musée de la musique-Cité de la musique/Philharmonie de Paris, at the Centre Georges Pompidou Paris and at the Musée du Louvre where he was under other the co-director of the symposium "Wagner and the image, from the stage to the video" (2006). Author of numerous conferences and publications dealing with artistic interdisciplinarity, opera and the concept of total artwork: L'Opéra au XXe siècle (2007); "Drawing with Light" in William Kentridge Flute (2007); Encyclopédie Wagner (2010), he worked as an associate dramaturge, under other at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.

He then began his activity as a stage and artistic director and founded his own creative company, while continuing his activities as a researcher and curator. Among his stage creations, one can quote his playMonocle,portraitofS.vonHarden, monologue after a painting by Otto Dix (premiere in 2010 at the TNL-Théâtre National du Luxembourg, taken among others at the Volksbühne of Berlin, at the Prague Festival, the Centre Pompidou Metz, the Otto Dix Museum, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, in Russia, in Naples and at the BOZAR Brussels… ); Golden Shower, a show about the greatness and decadence of a diva on television (TNL, 2013); Le Cri du lustre, music theater piece for string quartet (2015, co-production with the National Opera of Bordeaux, taken over in more than 35 venues, notably at the Cité de la musique-Philharmonie de Paris in April 2017). For 7 years, he has been developing many forms for museums, including a performance catalog with cellist Julie Läderach, in tribute to Charlotte Moorman : AVc, Rebecca von Stahl's little sonic and private theater and (Fluxus) Variations in Time and Space, presented at the Musée des Abattoirs of Toulouse, the MUDAM of Luxembourg, the Museums of Modern Art of Strasbourg and Saint-Étienne, the CPR-Center for Performance Research in New York, the Museo Hermann Nitsch of Naples, the Centre Pompidou Metz and more recently at the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art. In 2016, he directed Savannah Bay by Marguerite Duras at the TNL, Luxembourg and the world premiere of the Brice Pauset opera Wonderful Deluxe at the Grand Théâtre of Luxembourg. In March 2017, he created La voce è mobile, a music theater piece dedicated to the operatic voice, taken again in April 2018, at the Théâtre des Quatre Saisons-Gradignan. Among these projects, he prepares with the Ensemble of contemporary music Lucilin Drawing on Steve Reich, which will be created at the Rotondes of Luxembourg and the Arsenal of Metz in June and Autumn 2019. Since 2010, he is in charge of two seminars dedicated to interactions of the arts, at the University of Essen-Duisburg. He was co-curator of the exhibition Le Grand Macabre (Musée de la musique-Cité de la musique/Philharmonie de Paris, 2003) and curator of Ne me touche pas (Galerie d’art de la Ville de Luxembourg, 2004) and Arnold Schönberg, Visions et Regards (Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse, 2010). He is currently preparing as General Curator the exhibition Opéra Monde, devoted to the relations between opera and the visual arts in the 20th and 21st centuries, scheduled to open in June 2019 at the Centre Pompidou Metz. – Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Belgian-Luxembourgish Stéphane Ghislain Roussel studied violin and musicology at the Conservatoire de musique de la Ville de Luxembourg, the Conservatoires royaux de musique of Liège and of Brussels, the London Guildhall © Tudor Bogdan Bolnavu

PLAYWRIGHT THE NETHERLANDS • BORN IN 1989 FRANK SIERA Frank Siera (Katwijk, The Netherlands, 1989) is a playwright and theatre director. He graduated as a director from the Theatre Academy in Maastricht in 2012 and has since worked for several theatre companies. He has written plays for a.o. de Veenfabriek, De Queeste, mugmetdevuurvliegen, De Kosmonaut, Het Schrijversgevang and ArtEZ. As a director, he has worked for Theater Branoul, De Queeste, Toneelgroep de Appel and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He also directed several music ensembles. From 2013 to 2015, he served as a theatre curator for artsfestival Parksessies. In 2015, he founded his own music theatre collective Kassett for which he has written and directed several music theatre pieces. His play Spraakwater has been translated to German and selected for Theatertext NL, a German promotion tour. His play Ongerijmd was selected for Verse Tekst, as best yet unperformed text.

Seven of his plays have been published by De Nieuwe Toneelbibliotheek and one text was published in literary magazine Kluger Hans. Last year, he has written his first opera libretto Ritratto which will be composed by Willem Jeths and directed by Marcel Sijm, for Dutch National Opera (premiere: 2020).

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