“If a piece is long, arduous, violent, sombre and hasn’t been performed for at least one-and-a-half years, they call up Olivier Py.” The French stage director surely sees the humour in it all. Truth is, his intense, timeless productions have been a major contribution to the reappraisal of the French ‘grand opéra’. In April 2021, he continues his exploration of the genre with a new production of Camille Saint-Saëns's Henry VIII. It marks his sixth visit to our opera house, after Les Huguenots (2011), Hamlet (2013), Dialogues des Carmélites (2017), Lohengrin (2018) and La Gioconda.
In this video portrait, Py reveals his artistic credo and looks back on his previous stagings at La Monnaie.