Stage director

Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau


Mozart in Rennes and Nantes

Following the huge success of his staging of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Opéra du Rhin, the Saint-Etienne Opera and most recently at the Rouen Opera, Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau addresses himself to Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito in Rennes and Nantes! Not his first staging of a Mozart-opera, as having already staged Il re pastore and The Impresario previously.

Opening-night in Rennes on March 2, 2020

Opening-night in Nantes on March 15, 2020

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One lovely season after the other

Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau’s doubtlessly most exciting and successful season so far has come to an end. The season was highlighted by new-productions of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Opéra du Rhin and of Offenbach’s The Rhine Mermaids at the Opera in Tours (first performance of the French version within France) as well as at the Theatre Biel-Solothurn. Furthermore revivals of two other successful productions staged by Pierre-Emmanuel have taken place: Le Comte Ory at the Rouen Opera and Don Pasquale at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (Irland).

Much vigour sees the opening of next season too when Il barbiere di Siviglia will be revived at the Rouen Opera, followed by a new-production of La Clemenza di Tito at the Angers-Nantes Opera and at the Rennes Opera.

Revival of Il barbiere di Siviglia in Rouen on September 27, 29, October 1, 3 and 5, 2019.

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Debut at the Opéra du Rhin

Even more than being a stage-director, Pierre-Emmanuel is a musician having been decorated with four first-prizes from the music-conservatory of his hometown Rouen!

Before starting out for the stage-director’s work, he always acts as a musician by studying the score carefully. Only following this first step, he starts developing his staging conception. As recognizing opera in general as a total work of art, he is setting value not only to take over the staging, but also to create the design of settings and costumes. A stage-director being able to excel in all three fields is certainly extraordinary! The artistic result is then uncommonly homogeneous and remarkably consistent which he succeeded to demonstrate with Don Pasquale at the Theater Biel-Solothurn and at the Metz Opera as well as with The Land of Smiles at the Tours Opera and at the Avignon Opera recently.

The kick-off of Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau’s upcoming season will be his debut with the Opéra du Rhin where he will be in charge of staging, settings and costumes of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Opening-night in Strasbourg on September 18, 2018.

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We are glad to announce our starting collaboration with Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau on the occasion of a project which defines himself as well as the individual practice of his profession perfectly, as he is usually in charge of stage-direction, set and costume-design at the same time. This results in a unique unity of style and a perfect coherence relating to dramatic art. Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau’s staging of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale which was already enthusiastically accepted in Switzerland last year, is equally funny and fierce as classy and elegant. The production is now being revived at the Metz Opera. Performances on November 17, 19 and 21, 2017.

Welcome dear Pierre-Emmanuel!