Barbe & Doucet

Opera Producer/Stage Director

Biography

After separate beginnings in dance, theatre, television and the opera field Renaud Doucet, Stage director & Choreographer, and André Barbe, Set & Costume Designer, joined forces in 2000. Since then they created together over 30 new opera productions that are recognized for their creativity, sense of spectacle and minutely detailed dramaturgy.

Trained musician Renaud Doucet began his performing career as a solo dancer, ballet master, teacher and choreographer in international dance companies. He was introduced to the opera world as baroque choreographer & baroque gesture specialist, coaching singers like Alfredo Kraus, Jaime Aragall, Raina Kabaivanska or Mirella Freni. He also worked as an actor in various movies & TV series. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses and as jury member.

André Barbe received a bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University then studied at the National Theatre School of Canada under the tutelage of designer François Barbeau. Up to now he designed over 300 productions for Theatre, Television and Opera. He received the Irish Times Irish Theatre Award 2005 for best designer for the production of Pénélope at Wexford Festival Opera as well as the 2011 Rolf-Mares Prize for best sets & costumes for the production of La Cenerentola at the Hamburgische Staatsoper.
Since 2010 he is regularly invited to teach Set & Costume design at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Their work as a team gained international recognition with their new productions of Cendrillon by Massenet at l’Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg & l’Opéra de Marseille (France), New York City Opera (USA), Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany) and L’Opéra de Montréal (Canada), the Viennese premiere of The Sound of Music, Turandot and Rusalka at the Volksoper Wien (Austria), Thaïs at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, l’Opéra de Montréal, Palm Beach Opera, Boston Lyric Opera & Florida Grand Opera, Pénélope by Fauré, Si j’étais roi by Adam and Thérèse / La Navarraise at the Wexford Festival Opera (Ireland), Benvenuto Cellini and Iphigénie en Aulide at l’Opéra National du Rhin, Pelléas et Mélisande and The Rape of Lucretia at L’Opéra de Montréal, a North American production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Colorado & Florida Grand Opera, Samson & Dalila at the Kungliga Operan in Stockholm, Manon at the Scottish Opera & Malmö Opera, the entire 2009-10 season of Florida Grand Opera in Miami with Lucia di Lammermoor, Pagliacci, Suor Angelica, Il Barbiere di Siviglia & Carmen, La Cenerentola at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Turandot at Seattle Opera, Minnesota Opera, Utah Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Die Feen by Wagner for the bicentenial celebrations“Wagnerjahr 2013” for Oper Leipzig in coproduction with Bayreuther Festspiele, Don Pasquale at Scottish Opera & Florida Grand Opera and most recently the new productions of Arabella at Oper Köln, Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Oper Bonn & Volksoper Wien, Il Matrimonio Segreto at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Turandot at Opera Philadelphia & Atlanta Opera and La Bohème at Scottish Opera.

La Belle Hélène at the Staatsoper Hamburg that was filmed by ARTE and presented on the German & French TVs during the Christmas holidays and is now available on DVD.

Their 2017-18 season included Turandot at Vancouver Opera, La Bohème at Theatre St Gallen, La Belle Hélène at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Rusalka – Les Contes d’Hoffmann – The Sound of Music at the Volksoper Wien, Il Matrimonio Segreto at Oper Köln
During the 2018-19 season they will create the new productions of Il Bravo by Mercadante at the Wexford Festival Opera, La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein at Oper Köln & Die Zauberflöte at the Glyndebourne Festival.

They will be also present their productions of La Bohème at Vancouver Opera, Don Pasquale at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, The Sound of Music & Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Volksoper Wien and La Belle Hélène at the Staatsoper Hamburg.

Reviews

“The audience roared its approval at the conclusion of Cincinnati Opera’s “Turandot” in Music Hall Saturday night – and for good reason. It was, without a doubt, the most dazzling production of Puccini’s “Turandot” this city has ever seen.”

Janelle Gelfand

Cincinnati.com

“Credit goes mainly to the partnership of André Barbe and Renaud Doucet, who, in their company debut, display a keen psychological sense and an almost fanatical precision of execution.”

Larry Fuchsberg

StarTribune

More Reviews

“André Barbe and Renaud Doucet managed to combine the worlds of verismo Liù, fairy tale Prince and mythic Ice Princess into an exciting and moving whole. Barbe’s set worked wonderfully on all levels… Doucet’s brilliant choreography kept the large cast of characters in outstanding form… and Barbe’s flamboyantly colourful costumes repeatedly fell into their patterned places like a king-size kaleidoscope.”

Opera News

“Detail counts at every level at a startling micro level. As such, this production grabs you from the word go […] this production is indestructible.”

Opera Now

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