A native of Bern, director Julien Chavaz is known particularly for his work in contemporary opera and music theater. In 2018 Chavaz’s Théâtre de l’Athénée production of Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki was shortlisted as best show of the year by Le Monde. He currently holds the position of Artistic Director of NOF – Nouvel Opéra Fribourg.
Previous productions include Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Théâtre de l’Athénée Paris), Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (NOF – Nouvel Opéra Fribourg), Haendel’s Acis and Galatea (Het Nationale Theater The Hague, De Kleine Komedie Amsterdam, Opéra de Massy), Lange’s Snow White (Swiss premiere), Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and Stravinsky’s Mavra.
Chavaz directed a fully-staged version of Buxtehude’s cycle of cantates Membra Jesu nostri in the music theater production Teenage Bodies. His chamber opera Sholololo! was shortlisted at Festival Belluard Bollwerk International. Other projects have been presented at Arcola Theater (London), Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam), Stadsschouwburg (Utrecht), Tête à Tête Festival (London), Théâtre Equilibre (Fribourg), Theater Rigiblick (Zurich) or Fri-Son (Fribourg).
As an artistic collaborator and director’s assistant, he has worked with Laurent Pelly at Opéra de Paris, Santa Fe Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra de Lyon and Dutch National Opera Amsterdam, with Herbert Fritsch at Komische Oper Berlin and Zurich Opera House. And with Sam Brown at Welsh National Opera Cardiff, Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy and Lucerne Theater.
Future plans include Rossini’s Guillaume Tell (Irish National Opera Dublin), Peter Eötvös Der goldene Drache (Grand Théâtre de Genève) and Thomas Adès Powder Her Face (Opera Bolzano).