Jean Lacornerie's biography

Jean Lacornerie is a director who trained under Jacques Lassalle, with whom he created ten productions at the Théâtre National de Strasbourg between 1987 and 1990. He founded the Ecuador company in Lyon in 1992. He is particularly interested in contemporary writing and stages authors such as Copi, Gadda, Del Giudice, and Marienghof. In 1994, he began working with Bernard Yannotta, an American composer who likes to combine genres, exploring the various forms of musical theater with the works of Michael Nyman, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill, and Bertolt Brecht.

He was co-director with Etienne Paoli of the Théâtre de la Renaissance (Oullins) from 2002 to 2009, and since 2010 he and Anne Meillon have been at the head of a project at the Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse that is a cross between theater and music offering major participatory projects firmly rooted in the diversity of the surrounding area.

Lacornerie has been the guest at several music festivals around the world: the Festival Romaeuropa (Rome, Italy, 1993), the Spoleto Festival USA (Charleston S.C., United States, 1994) and the Festival d’Ambronay (1999) and Operadagen (Rotterdam, 2018).

For the past ten years he has worked frequently with the Opéra de Lyon on this repertoire but also recently on Jacques Offenbach’s Mesdames de la Halle or Romeo and Juliette by Boris Blacher with Philippe Forget, Borg et Théa or Mozart et Salieri by Rimski-Korsakov..

In 2016, new production L’Opéra de quat’sous (The Three Penny Opera – Weill) has been created, Plus léger que l’air from writer Federico Jeanmaire in 2017 and in September 2017, at deSingel (Antwerp) Façade : les derniers jours de Mata-Hari (The Last days of Mata-Hari).

Commited to the field of contemporary music, he directed the international production of Rêveries by Philippe Hersant, Borg et Théa by Jean-François Vrod, Frédéric Aurier et Sylvain Lemêtre (La Soustraction des fleurs). In 2018, he staged the world premiere of two international productions : Calamity/Billy a double bill with a work of Ben Johnston and a commission to Gavin Bryars based on a text by Michael Ondaatje (Best production award ARMEL opera festival Budapest) and Hilda Paredes’s chamber opera Harriet, with Claron McFadden and the HERMES ensemble (Muziekgebouw Amsterdam).

As an expert of the 20th Century American repertoire and of musicals as a genre, he staged the French adaptation of pieces such as Of Thee I Sing by George Gershwin, One Touch Of Venus and Lady In The Dark by Kurt Weill, The Tender Land by Aaron Copland, The King and I by Rodgers et Hammerstein, and Bells are Ringing by Betty Comden, Adolph Green et Jule Styne with arrangements by Gérard Lecointe for Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon.

In December 2019, he directed the French premiere of The Pajama Game, a musical by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, in coproduction with the Opéra de Lyon.