Vincent Huguet

Vincent Huguet

Stage Director

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Born in Montpellier, Vincent Huguet’s first love was history, which he studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Fontenay-Saint-Cloud, and then art history, which he taught at the University of Amiens, while beginning some research under the supervision of Laurence Bertrand Dorléac. In 2001, he was invited by Colline Faure-Poirée to create a new art history collection, and went on to become an editor at Gallimard. In 2008, after joining the Collection Lambert in Avignon, he went to the Villa Médicis in Rome to prepare an exhibition, where he met the Academy’s director at the time, Richard Peduzzi, as well as the opera and theatre director Patrice Chéreau, who was rehearsing a show. Several months later, when Chéreau was the Louvre Museum’s “Grand Invité” (special guest), he began a continuous collaboration with him that only came to an end with the director’s death, in October 2013. Firstly, then, at the Louvre, with Les Visages et les corps, in 2010: two exhibitions, a book and several performances, including La Nuit juste avant les forêts (B.-M. Koltès), Rêve d’automne (J. Fosse) and Wesendonck Lieder (R. Wagner). And subsequently, Elektra (R. Strauss), for the opera festival of Aix-en-Provence.

While preparing this production, which he also dramatized, Vincent Huguet continued to develop his interest in art, especially contemporary art, and to talk about it – mostly on the radio, with Arnaud Laporte on France Culture, and in the press – and in opera: in 2011, he took part in the “Opéra en Création” workshops run by the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, one under the supervision of the composer Peter Eötvös, the other during which he directed excerpts from an opera composed by Colin Roche. In 2012, he worked on his first staging of a production at the Opéra National de Montpellier: Lakmé (L. Delibes), in 2012, conducted by Robert Tuohy, with Sabine Devieilhe making her debut in the leading role.

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