Arnaud BERNARD , born in 1966, began playing the violin at age 6. He entered the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg at the age of 17, where he completed a wide range of musical studies including violin, orchestra, analysis, etc. Subsequently, he was engaged as violinist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Strasbourg for the 1986 and 1987 seasons.
In 1988, he became assistant to the renowned director Nicolas Joël. At the same time he served as assistant to Jean-Claude Auvray throughout France and Germany.
In 1989, he was hired by the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse as stage manager and since that time, has worked as assistant director for all major productions. During this period, he continued his activities as assistant throughout France (Nancy, Lyon, Strasbourg, Nice, Paris, Montpellier, Monte-Carlo, Bordeaux) as well as abroad (Germany, Belgium, England, Argentina and United States, Japan, Italy, Spain) and particularly in the world's most prestigious operahouses : Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Scala di Milano, Opéra Bastille, Teatro Colon in Buenos aires…
Since 1993, Mr Bernard has had the occasion to stage more than 35 revivals of Mr Joël’s productions in France and abroad, notably for Romeo et Juliette
at the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden and Lucia di Lamermoor
at the Metropolitan Opera.
After having been appointed as Associate Stage Director and Production Manager at the Théâtre du Capitole in 1996, he made his personal debut, at the age of 29, staging Falstaff
for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. to great critical acclaim, followed by Il Trovatore
in Toulouse and by a new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia
(1998), also at the Théâtre du Capitole.
Between 1999 and 2003, he produced Gounod's Roméo et Juliette
for the Chicago Lyric Opera with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu in the leading roles. He signed a new production of L'Elisir d'amore
at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse for the debut of Marcelo Alvarez in the role of Nemorino, a new production of Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots
for the summer Festival in Martina Franca, Italy. Then he realised a new production of Lakmé
(revival in Tokyo and Philadelphia) for the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Werther
for Martina Franca, Roméo et Juliette
in Tokyo, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor
in Nantes and Angers.
2004/2005 : a new production of Luisa Miller
for the National Reiseopera in The Netherlands, L'Elisir d'amore
in Saint-Etienne ,Roméo et Juliette
at the Beijing Music Festival, Le Roi de Lahore
for the re-opening of La Fenice in Venice, La Bohème
at the Arena of Verona to great critical acclaim, Rigoletto
in Lausanne .
More recently, he has staged Luisa Miller
at the Fenice, Traviata
in Prague (PSO),a new Falstaff
at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli for the opening of the season 2006 , Rigoletto
in Marseille and Nantes, L’Elisir d’amore
in Toulouse., a new production of Cavalleria Rusticana
in St Gallen, a new production of Carmen
in Helsinki in coproduction with Lausanne and Tokyo, a new production of The Queen of Spades
in Toulouse, Falstaff
at the Teatro Colon, revival of La Bohème
in Verona, Carmen
in Lausanne and in Tokyo, Carmen
in Bilbao, Falstaff
and La Bohème
in Zagreb, Thaïs
in Athens (Megaron), La Juive
in Saint-Petersburg, Die Zauberflöte
in Athens (Greek National opera), Romeo and Juliet
in Lausanne, La Bohème
In preparation : Tosca
in Roma (Caracalla) , La Bohème
(revival) at the Arena di Verona, Romeo and Juliet
in Marseille, Bilbao and Liège, Rigoletto
in Verona (Filarmonico), a new Carmen
in Saint-Petersburg, Falstaff
in Lausanne , Otello
at the Bolshoï, among the others.