Guy Montavon, director
Guy Montavon was born in Geneva in 1961, where he initially obtained a bassoon diploma from the conservatory and worked as an assistant director at the “Grand Théâtre de Genève”. He then studied at the Hamburg University of Music and Performing Arts in the class of Götz Friedrich Music Theater Director. As assistant to the director Giancarlo del Monaco, Guy Montavon has worked at the opera houses in Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Bregenz, Barcelona, Macerata and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. After graduating in 1986, he directed at the Hamburg State Opera, Livorno, Bremerhaven, Pisa, Lyon, St. Gallen, Montpellier and Saarbrücken. From 1985 to 1988 he was assistant director and research assistant at the Bremen Theater, from 1992 to 1995 in permanent engagement as senior director and deputy opera director at the Bonn Opera. Guy Montavon Bizets directed Carmen for the opening of the Finnish National Opera in December 1993. From 1996 to 2002 he was director and managing director of Stadttheater Gießen GmbH. Since August 2002, Guy Montavon has been General Director of the Erfurt Theater and artistic director of the DomStufen Festival. As General Director of the Erfurt Theater, Guy Montavon initiated a world premiere cycle and directed the world premiere of Philip Glass’ opera Waiting for the Barbarians in 2005. Guy Montavon is a jury member of well-known singing competitions a. a. in Paris, Bilbao, Trnava, Barcelona, Verviers, Montreal. He is also the chairman of the Deutsche Bühnenverein, Landesverband Thüringen and board member of the Sparkassen Kulturstiftung. Montavon has been a member of the Board of Directors of Jeunesses Musicales Germany for 15 years. He regularly teaches at the universities of Tokyo and Montreal. At the Erfurt Theater, he staged Waiting for the Barbarians (Glass), Parsifal and Tannhäuser, Fedra (Pizzetti), Mefistofele (Boito), Le nozze di Figaro, L’elisir d’amore, Countess Mariza, The Flying Dutchman, In the White Horse and at the DomStufen Festival Peace Day (Strauss), Cavalleria Rusticana, Die Zauberflöte and I Lombardi and 2018 Carmen. In 2008 Montavon was awarded the French order “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”. He has also been Swiss Honorary Consul since 2012
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