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Peter Sellars

  • September 27, 1957


Renowned theater, opera, and festival director, Peter Sellars is one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the performing arts in America and abroad.

A visionary artist, Mr. Sellars is known for ground-breaking interpretations of classic works. Whether it is Mozart, Handel, Shakespeare, Sophocles, or the 16th-century Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, Mr.Sellars strikes a universal chord with audiences, engaging contemporary social and political issues. Mr. Sellars has staged operas at the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Netherlands Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, the Salzburg Festival, and the San Francisco Opera, among others. Following his iconic stagings of Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte in the 1980s, Mr. Sellars established a reputation for bringing 20th-century and contemporary operas to the stage, including works by Olivier Messiaen, Paul Hindemith, or György Ligeti, whom he directed Der grosse Makaber at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 1988.

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