Director of the Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg
Marc Clémeur was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and studied during his student years at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. After studying theatre and music science at the University of Cologne, he worked as an Assistant Director to Götz Friedrich in Amsterdam, Bayreuth and Dusseldorf.
Marc Clémeur was active from 1977 as the producer of classical music at the Belgian radio and television organisation, and was in particular was responsible for direct recordings at the La Monnaie, the Brussels Opera House.He has led the Königliche Philharmonie Flandern [Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra). He was appointed to the Vlaamse Opera in 1989, which developed an international reputation under his direction. Marc Clémeur has been the director of the Opéra national du Rhin since 2009. A part of the artistic concept of the opera is the great bandwidth of its programme, from Baroque opera to contemporary works from, among others, Giorgio Battistelli, Peter Eötvös and Philippe Manoury. In addition to a Janáček cycle directed by Robert Carsen (“Jenůfa”, “The Makropulos Case“, “Katja Kabanova”, “The Cunning Little Vixen“ and “House of the Dead”) there are French operas on the programme, including “Louise” from Charpentier“, “Platee” from Rameau, “Hamlet” by Ambroise Thomas, “The Huguenots” (a co-production with La Monnaie Brussels opera house), “The Pearl Fishers” by Bizet, “Le Roi Arthus” by Chausson, “Ariane et Barbe-bleue” by Ducas and “Penelope” from Faure.
In addition, Marc Clémeur particularly cherishes works for a young audience, especially in the form of specific productions for children and adolescents. 30 percent of the audience for Opéra national du Rhin are younger than 26. In addition, his directorship has been characterised by internationalising his audience, by gaining audiences from Germany and Switzerland.