Peter Sellars
Ruth Walz

Peter Sellars

Stage director

Peter Sellars has gained international
renown for his groundbreaking and transformative
interpretations of classics,
advocacy of 20th century and contemporary
music, and collaborative projects with
an extraordinary range of creative and
performing artists. He has staged operas
at Dutch National Opera, Festival d’Aixen-
Provence, Opéra national de Paris and
the Salzburg Festival, among others. In
2022, Sellars created a staging of Roman
de Fauvel
at the Théâtre du Chatelet in
collaboration with the founder of the
Sequentia Ensemble, Benjamin Bagby.
Also in 2022, he staged composer
Tyshawn Sorey’s Monochromatic Light
featuring artwork by Julie
Mehretu for the Park Avenue Armory, New
York, and Heinrich Schutz’ Musikalische
Exequien with the Los Angeles Master
Chorale. A revival of Sellars’ acclaimed
production of Tristan und Isolde, with videography
by artist Bill Viola, was performed
at the Paris Opera early in
2023. Furthermore, Sellars is a Distinguished
Professor in the Department of
World Arts and Cultures at University of
California – Los Angeles. He is also the
recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the
Erasmus Prize for contributions to European
culture, the Gish Prize, and is a
member of the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences. He has been awarded the
prestigious Polar Music Prize and was
named Artist of the Year by Musical America
(2014). In 2021 he was honored with
the EBU-IMZ Lifetime Achievement Award
for his body of opera video recordings.

Update: 06-03-2023