2019–20 Season: Director, Romeo and Juliet
Jean-Louis Grinda makes his American directorial debut at San Francisco Opera with Romeo and Juliet. Grinda was Director of the Grand Théâtre de Reims from 1986–99 and General and Artistic Manager of Opéra Royal de Wallonie from 1996–2007. His tenure at Opéra Royal de Wallonie included eclectic programming of opera and musicals and his directing debut with Singin’ in the Rain (Molière Award 2001 for Best Musical). He has since directed more than 40 operas and musicals throughout the world. His many honors include France’s Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, Belgium’s Chevalier de l’Ordre de Léopold, and Monaco’s Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Culturel.
Grinda was appointed director of Opéra de Monte-Carlo in 2009 and since 2016 has also held the position of Director of Chorégies d’Orange. In 2015, he and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli founded a baroque ensemble attached to Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Les Musiciens du Prince, which has performed with Bartoli in major European concert halls and at the Salzburg Festival.
Grinda’s recent and future productions include Don Giovanni in Hong Kong; La Gioconda in Palermo, Santiago de Chile and Marseille; The Magic Flute in Tel Aviv; Robert le Diable in Erfurt; Tosca in Valencia, Turin, Torre del Lago and Tokyo; La Traviata in Genoa and Lausanne; The Tales of Hoffmann in Hong Kong, Monte Carlo and Naples; Falstaff and Die Fledermaus in Marseille; Lucia Di Lammermoor in Monte Carlo, Tokyo and Valencia; Romeo and Juliet in Oman and Tel Aviv; Les Pêcheurs de Perles in Seoul; Carmen in Toulouse and Marseille; Rigoletto in Trieste and Massy; Tannhäuser (in French) in Monte Carlo (world premiere); Werther in Valencia; Aïda in Shanghai; and Samson and Dalila in Monte Carlo.