Jorge Lavelli

Jorge Lavelli (born 1932, Buenos Aires) is an Argentinean theater and opera director.

Son of Italian immigrants in Argentina, Lavelli has lived in France since the early 1960s. He became a French citizen in 1977.

In 1963 he staged Witold Gombrowicz's play The Marriage, introducing this playwright to the French public. Lavelli later staged Gombrowicz's Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy (1965) and Operetta (1971).

In 1967, Lavelli began a collaboration with Jean Vilar to stage Goethe's Triumph der Empfindsamkeit (Triumph of Sensitivity) and Oscar Panizza's The Cathedral of Love (1969; sets and costumes by the surrealist painter Leonor Fini). From 1987 to 1996 he was head of the Théâtre de la Colline in Paris.

Lavelli has staged plays by Calderón, Shakespeare, Corneille, Ramon del Valle-Inclan, García Lorca, Arrabalya, Ionesco, Schnitzler, Brecht, Pirandello, Dürrenmatt, T. Bernhard, O'Neill, Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Peter Handke, Edward Bond, George Tabori, Chekhov, Bulgakov, and Mrocze, and operas by Gottfried von Einem, Gounod, Bizet, Debussy, Stravinsky, Bartók, Prokofiev, Janáček, Luigi Nono, and Maurice Ohana. As an opera director he worked mainly for the Paris Opera, but also for the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival.


Lavelli has won theatrical prizes in France, Spain, and Italy. He was made Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1993, Commander of the Order of the Legion of Honor in 1994, and Chevalier (in 1992) and Officer (in 2002) of the National Order of Merit. He has been nominated seven times for the Molière Award for best director, although he has never won.


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