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Benoît Jacquot

Director

Biography

French director Benoît Jacquot made his Royal Opera debut in 2004 directing Werther.

Jacquot began his career as an assistant director in films by Marguerite Duras, including Nathalie Granger (1972) and India Song (1975). He began his writing and directing career with L’Assassin musicien (1976) and has since gone on to direct more than forty films, including Les Ailes de la colombe (1981), La Désenchantée (1990), La Fille seule (1995), L’École de la chair (1998), Pas de scandale (1999), Sade (2000), Adolphe (2002), Villa Amalia (2009), Les Adieux à la reine (2012), 3 Coeurs (2014) and Journal d’une femme de chambre (2015). His final film Son Corps was released in 2016. Les Adieux à la reine opened the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, and 3 Coeurs competed for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.

Jacquot’s work in opera includes La traviata for Paris Opéra and a film version of Tosca starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna and conducted by Antonio Pappano. He has directed television documentaries on figures including Jacques Lacan, Merce Cunningham and Duras.

Videos

News and features

Watch: 'Life and death on the stage' — The overwhelming emotional experience of Massenet's <em>Werther</em>

Watch: 'Life and death on the stage' — The overwhelming emotional experience of Massenet's Werther

28 June 2016

Joyce DiDonato, Vittorio Grigòlo and members of the cast and creative team share their thoughts on what makes this French opera a masterpiece.

Opera Essentials: Massenet's <em>Werther</em>

Opera Essentials: Massenet's Werther

7 June 2016

Our quick introduction to Massenet’s Goethe-inspired tragedy of an impossible love.