Universal Edition mourns the death of Patrice Chéreau, to whom we owe ground-breaking productions of the Universal Edition core catalogue.
In 1979 Chéreau staged the world première of the 3-act version of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu in Paris, arranged by Friedrich Cerha (conductor: Pierre Boulez).
In 1994, he staged Alban Berg’s Wozzeck as an inescapable psychodrama, also in Paris (conductor: Daniel Barenboim).
In 2007, he proved that Leoš Janáček’s From the House of the Dead does indeed have a continuous plot line (conductor: Pierre Boulez).
Rarely has a director staged UE-works as pervasive and full of substance as Chéreau.
He will be missed.