Universal Edition - Patrice Chéreau (1944–2013)

Patrice Chéreau (1944–2013)

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 October 2013

Pierre Boulez and Patrice Chéreau at the office of Universal Edition, 2007 (c) Marion Kalter
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.

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