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Nationale Opera & Ballet
1011 PG Amsterdam
Opera and stage director Pierre Audi (born in 1957) has played a significant role in the art world in the Netherlands, specifically in Amsterdam. As the artistic director of the Dutch National Opera, he has breathed new life into Dutch opera and brought it to international prominence. He has also built an international career as an opera director.
Born in Lebanon and raised in Beirut and Paris, Audi studied history at Oxford and in 1979 founded the Almeida Theatre in Islington, North London. In 1988, he became the artistic director of the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam. He established his reputation with a Monteverdi cycle and directed a highly acclaimed Der Ring des Nibelungen, seen in its entirety for the first time in the Netherlands. Audi has devoted himself to promoting more contemporary opera and has collaborated with such artists as Kounellis, Baselitz and Kapoor in his productions. From 2005 until last year, Audi was also the artistic director of the Holland Festival, the largest performing arts festival in the Netherlands, for which he assembled experimental and adventurous programmes bringing together all the artistic disciplines.
Pierre Audi has received numerous awards in the Netherlands and abroad. He was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 1990 and was the first recipient of the Johannes Vermeer Award, the annual Dutch state prize for the arts established in 2009.