Jean-Claude Berutti is a free lance stage director. From 2002 through 2011 he was the artistic director of the Comédie de Saint-Etienne, one of the leading theatres in France. He has a special dedication to rediscovery of rarely staged or forgotten texts.
In the opera, he has been staging for over 20 years works such as Louise by Gustave Charpentier (La Monnaie in Brussels, 1983, Francfort Opera, 1986), Manfred by Schumann (La Monnaie, Opéra de Lyon, 1993), Le Meuble Rouge by Alberto Bruni-Tedeschi (Avignon Opera, 1995), Il Mercato di Malmantile by Cimarosa (Opéra du Rhin, Strasbourg, 1996), Dantons Tod by Gottfried von Einem (Opéra Royal de Wallonie, 1998), Faust by Gounod (Lyon Opera, 2000), Passagio by Luciano Berio (Ensemble Intercontemporain, Paris, 2001), Rusalka (Lyon Opera and New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, 2002), Lohengrin by Sciarrino (Ensemble Intercontemporain, Paris, 2002), L'incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi (CNSM, Paris, 2004), König Kandaules by Zemlinsky (Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Nancy Opera, 2006), L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti (Leipzig Opera, 2007), Wiener Blut by Johann Strauβ (Nancy Opera, 2008), Tannhäuser (Opéra national de Bordeaux), Otello by Verdi (Opéra national de Lorraine, 2010), Smetana's Die verkaufte Braut (Staatstheater Braunschweig) and Verdi's Ernani (Lithuanian National Opera Theatre, 2013).
In the last years, two of his theatre productions have been especially acclaimed by both the audience and the international critics: Les Temps difficiles by Edouard Bourdet at the Comédie-Française and Goldoni's forgotten Trilogy, Zelinda and Lindoro, which was awarded the Goldlittle Lion at the Biennale of Venice in 2007. He has recently staged Gorki's Summer guests and Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Bad Hersfeld Festival, Molière's Le malade imaginaire at the National Theater in Cyprus, Saturn kommt zurück von Noa Haidle at the Staatstheater Nürnberg and Total glücklich by Silke Hassler at the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna. With his own company, the "Compagnie Jean-Claude Berutti", he tours France with theatre productions on a regular basis.
Jean-Claude Berutti has collaborated with conductors such as Sylvain Cambreling, Philippe Herreweghe, Jonathan Nott, Emmanuelle Haïm, Bernhard Kontarsky, Emmanuel Krivine, Christophe Rousset and Ivan Fischer, among others.