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 20 new opera productions.

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 set 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.

Trained musician Renaud Doucet began his performing career as a solo dancer, ballet master, 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. In the United States & Canada he staged & choreographed La Bohème, Aida, Les pêcheurs de perles, Die Fledermaus, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Tosca, Carmen, l’Elisir d’amore, Les dialogues des Carmélites, Le Trouvère (in the French version), La Traviata, La Belle Hélène, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Tempest, Turandot.

Their work as a team gained recognition with their new productions of Cendrillon by Massenet at l’Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg & l’Opéra de Marseille (France), Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Germany), New York City Opera and l’Opéra de Montréal, the Viennese premiere of The Sound of Music and Turandot at the Volksoper Wien (Austria), Thaïs at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, l’Opéra de Montréal, Palm Beach Opera & Boston Lyric Opera, Pénélope by Fauré & Si j’étais roi by Adam 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, Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Boston Lyric Opera & Opera Colorado, Samson & Dalila at the Kungliga Operan in Stockholm, Manon at the Scottish Opera, the entire 2009-10 season of Florida Grand Opera in Miami with Lucia di Lammermoor, Pagliacci, Suor Angelica, Il Barbiere di Siviglia & Carmen, Rusalka at the Volksoper Wien and most recently Turandot at Seattle Opera & Minnesota Opera, La Cenerentola at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Die Feen for the Richard Wagner's celebrations at Oper Leipzig in coproduction with the Bayreuther Festspiele.

Their upcoming productions include Thérèse & La Navarraise by Massenet at the Wexford Festival Opera (during the Opera Europa conference), Manon by Massenet at Malmö Opera, Don Pasquale at Scottish Opera, Turandot at Utah Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Company Philadelphia, Thaïs at Florida Grand Opera (Miami), La Belle Hélène at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Les Contes d'Hoffmann at Oper Bonn & Volksoper Wien, Arabella at Oper Köln.