Nicolas Joel is Director of the Opéra National de Paris since the 2009-2010 season.
He was Assistant Director at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg from 1973 until
1978, then at the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals as well as the San Francisco Opera.
In 1979, he made his debut with a production of the Ring at the Opéra du Rhin
and the Opéra de Lyon. He is Artistic Director of the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse
His vast activity includes successful collaborations with the world's most prestigious
opera houses: Wiener Staatsoper (Aida conducted by Lorin Maazel); San Francisco Opera (Samson
et Dalila with Shirley Verrett and Placido Domingo, Aida with Luciano Pavarotti,
Ernani and Parsifal); Royal Theatre of Copenhagen (Lohengrin); Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Ring); De
Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and Stora Teatern in Gothenburg (Eugene Onegin, Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci); Opernhaus Zürich (Rigoletto,
La Traviata and La Forza del Destino); Theater und Philarmonie in Essen (Salome); Theater Bremen (Boris Godounov and I Capuleti e i Montecchi); and Théâtre Municipal de Lausanne (Gluck's Orphée et Euridice and Tosca, produced for
the debut of José Van Dam in the role of Scarpia). In 1994, he obtained a great success
with Puccini's La Rondine at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where he was invited
again in 1999 for a new production of Manon. He also staged Roméo et Juliette
at the Royal Opera House in London and Carmen at the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires.
Other important productions include: Aida for the reopening of the Teatro Massimo
in Palermo (April 1998); Un Ballo in Maschera at the Teatro Real in Madrid; Roméo
et Juliette, Turandot and Thaïs at the Opera Theatre in Nancy; La
Gioconda and I Vespri Siciliani at the Opéra in Montpellier; a remarkable
production of Parsifal at the Opéra de Nice; Andrea Chénier at the Opéra du
Rhin and Opéra de Lyon; and Un Ballo in Maschera with Luciano Pavarotti, Debussy's
La Demoiselle Elue and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with Jessye Norman at the
Opéra de Paris. He signed several prestigious productions at the the Théâtre du Capitole
in Toulouse: Boris Godounov with José Van Dam; Die Walküre with James Morris;
Hamlet with Natalie Dessay, Thomas Hampson and José Van Dam; Das Rheingold
and Mignon with Susan Graham; Roméo et Juliette and Werther both with
Roberto Alagna as the title role; and Charpentier's Louise.
Mr. Joel's recent engagements include: a new production of La Rondine at the Royal
Opera House in London, also performed at the San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New
York; Roméo et Juliette and Otello at the Chorégies of Orange; Siegfried,
Götterdämmerung and Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse;
Falstaff at the Arena di Verona; Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Teatro Real in
Madrid and Teatro Regio in Turin; La Forza del Destino at the Teatro Carlo Felice
in Genoa; Rigoletto with the Japan Opera Foundation; I Vespri Siciliani at the
Teatro Massimo in Palermo, then toured in Japan and in Naples; and La Forza del Destino
at the Teatro Comunale in Florence.
His future plans include Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Chicago.