BiographyMarie-Eve Signeyrole holds a BA in Modern Literature from the Sorbonne and an MA in cinema from the Institut International de l’Image. From the beginning, her career as a director followed two distinct paths: film and the theatre stage.
Ms Signeyrole has worked as art director and stage director for Ellios Production. In 2009 she directed Alice au pays s’émerveille, her second medium-length film, with Emir Kusturica in the lead role. She has also worked with renowned directors such as Willy Decker, Peter Sellars, Laurent Pelly, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Christoph Marthaler, Stanilas Nordey and Jean-Claude Auvray.
In May 2012, she staged her first opera, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, at the National Opera de Montpellier. Other projects include Bernstein’s Mass for Radio France and L’Affaire Tailleferre for the Opéra-Théâtre de Limoges.
Most recent productions include Haydn‘s L’infedeltà delusa at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, Saint-Saëns‘ Frédégonde at Theater Dortmund, Rigoletto at the Opéra national de Montpellier, Samson et Dalila and Don Giovanni at Opéra national du Rhin and the symphonic work Baby Doll, based on music by Beethoven and for which Ms Signeyrole has also written the libretto, at the Philharmonie de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra national de Montpellier and at the Gulbenkian Foundation.
Other opera productions include Berlioz’ La damnation de Faust for Staatsoper Hannover (nominated for the prestigious German Faust prize 2019), Nabucco for Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Dijon, Ronja Räubertochter for Opernhaus Zürich, Carmen for the National Latvian Opera in Riga, double bills of Il Tabarro / Royal Palace and La notte di un nevrastenico / Gianni Schicchi at the Opéra national de Montpellier, Owen Wingrave for the Opéra national de Lorraine, Wolf Ferrari’s Cinderella at the Opéra national du Rhin, as well as Eugene Onegin at the Opera de Limoges.
In July 2015, she directed The Monster in the Maze, a creation by Jonathan Dove, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. The production received much acclaim and has since been revived at Opéra de Lille, the Philharmonie in Paris, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and the Opéra National de Montpellier.
As a librettist, Ms Signeyrole has created music theatre productions, using different musical genres and bringing together professionals and amateurs, such as Sex’y at Opéra national de Paris last season and La Soupe Pop for Opéra national de Montpellier in 2016/17.
Ms Signeyrole has written and staged the musical 14+18 at the Opéra National de Paris, during ‘Ten Months of School and Opera’, an educational project in partnership with the opera companies of Nancy, Montpellier and Limoges. She has taken part in the Académie Européenne de Musique at the Festival d’Aix-en Provence as author and stage director.
Future highlights include the world premiere of Keyvan Chemirania’s Négar at Deutsche Oper Berlin (Texts by Marie-Ève Signeyrole in collaboration with Sonia Hossein-Pour), Händel’s Belshazzar for Theater an der Wien, as well as Turandot at Semperoper Dresden.
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