After winning four first prizes when graduating from the Music Conservatory of his hometown Rouen and after subsequent extensive university-studies, Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau gave his undivided attention to stage-direction, first as an assistant to directors like Jean-Claude Auvray, Stéphane Braunschweig, Jérôme Deschamps, John Dew and Macha Makeieff.
In 2010 he himself conceived both staging and costume-design for a new-production of Grétry’s L’amant jaloux which was performed at the Opéra royal de Versailles and at the Paris Opéra Comique. Having been unanimously acclaimed by the audience and press that time, a filming of this production has meanwhile been released on DVD.
Since 2013 he has been collaborating on a regular basis with the Biel-Solothurn Theatre (Switzerland) creating not only the staging, but also the setting and the costume-design for Il Turco in Italia, Le Comte Ory, Viva la Mamma and Don Pasquale. For the Geneva Chamber Opera he has staged Offenbach’s Pomme d’Api / Monsieur Choufleuri as well as Mozart’s Il Re Pastore. With the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève he has presented a semi-staged version of Mozart’s The Impresario. He has meanwhile taken over the stage-direction, sets and costume-design for Lehár’s The Land of Smiles in Tours and Avignon, Don Pasquale in San Sebastian and Metz, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Opéra national du Rhin and at the Saint-Etienne Opera, Die Rheinnixen in Tours and in Biel-Solothurn as well as a revival of Le Comte Ory in Rennes.
His projects in 2019/20 include the revival of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Rouen Opera and at the Sanxay Festival as well as a new production of La Clemenza di Tito for the Angers Nantes Opera and the Rennes Opera.
Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau has already worked with conductors such as William Christie, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, John Eliot Gardiner, Ludovic Morlot, Jérémie Rhorer, François-Xavier Roth, Sébastien Rouland, Christophe Rousset and Marco Zambelli.