(c) Marco Borggreve

Anna Bolena - Donizetti

Wiener Staatsoper.

April 2011.

Cosí fan tutte - Mozart

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

April 2012 (production from November 2008).

Eric GENOVESE   -   Stage Director / Narrator


Sociétaire de la Comédie-Française

Eric Génovèse graduated from the Paris National Conservatory for Drama. He simultaneously leads three different careers, as an actor in theatre, as a narrator in musical pieces, and as a stage director both for theatre and opera.


As an actor in theatre, he was given major parts in praised productions: he performed in pieces by Pasolini, Corneille (Cléandre from La Place Royale and Ptolémée from La Mort de Pompée) in stagings by Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman and Stanislas Nordey. In 1993, year when he first performed with the Comédie-Française, he played the part of Louis Laine from L’Echange by Claudel in Geneva. From then on, he performed the main parts of the classical and contemporary drama repertoire, working with such stage directors as Youssef Chahine, Jorge Lavelli, Georges Lavaudant, Roger Planchon, Daniel Mesguich, Anatoly Vassiliev, Lukas Hemleb, Joël Jouanneau, Jean-Luc Boutté, Denis Podalydès, Andrei Serban, Ivo van Hove and Robert Wilson… His repertoire includes such authors as Shakespeare (Hamlet and The Tempest), Molière obviously (Cléante from L’Avare, Covielle from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, the title-role from Tartuffe, Philinte from Le Misanthrope, Amphitryon…), the tragic ones like Racine (Hippolyte from Phèdre, Oreste from Andromaque and Xipharès from Mithridate) and Corneille (Tite et Bérénice, Clitandre), as well as Feydeau, Rostand, Duras, Tony Kushner, Copi, Lars Noren or La Fontaine… He was seen in movies and for television under the direction of James Ivory, Benoît Jacquot and Gérard Vergez among others.


In the past few seasons, he performed in La Grande Magie by Eduardo De Filippo, Les Naufragés by Guy Zylberstein, La Pluie d’Eté by Marguerite Duras, Peer Gynt by Ibsen, La Place Royale by Corneille, Three Sisters by Chekhov, Cyrano de Bergerac by Rostand, L’Anniversaire by Pinter, Phèdre by Racine, Lucrèce Borgia by Hugo, Le Misanthrope by Molière, La Double Inconstance by Marivaux, La Mer by Edward Bond. With other members of the Comédie-Française, he took part in a cabaret performance singing songs by Georges Brassens. During the summer of 2016, he appears at the Avignon Festival (Palais des Papes) in Les Damnés after Visconti - and later for the revivals in Paris and on tour in New York City and Epidaure. He also takes part in La Règle du jeu by Jean Renoir, La Résistible Ascension d'Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht and L'Eveil du Printemps by Frank Wedekind, Electre/Oreste by Euripides, L'Heureux Stratagème by Marivaux, Le Côte de Guermantes after Proust, by Christophe Honoré.


His musical activities, taking roots from his piano lessons as a child, lead to his participation as a narrator during concerts or concert versions of pieces such as Lélio by Berlioz, Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien by Debussy, Le Roi David by Honegger, L’Histoire du Soldat by Stravinsky, Le Serment by Tansman (recorded for Harmonia Mundi), L’Histoire de Babar by Poulenc, Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev, Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Mozart (Bassa Selim), Hydrogen Jukebox by Philip Glass, The Young Person’s Guide to an Orchestra by Britten, Peer Gynt by Grieg… with philharmonic orchestras from Radio-France, Luxembourg, Lorraine, l’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, l’Orchestre National de France, at the Roma Opera, in Paris (Salle Gaveau, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris National Opera), at the Capitole in Toulouse, under the baton of conductors such as Kurt Masur, John Nelson, Emmanuel Krivine, Alain Altinoglu, Jean-Christophe Spinosi and composer Vladimir Cosma… or for chamber music concerts with the Wanderer Trio, pianists Claire Désert and Muza Rubackyté or with baritone Matthias Goerne. In the summer of 2012, he makes his Japanese debut at the Saito Kinen Festival with Seiji Ozawa for Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher by Honegger (Brother Dominique). This production was revived during season 2014-2015 with Marion Cotillard in the title role, in Monte-Carlo, Toulouse, Paris (Orchestre de Paris, cond. Kazuki Yamada) and at the Lincoln Center in New York City (New York Philharmonic, cond. Alan Gilbert). He recorded Une Journée by Martial Caillebotte and was the narrator with the Orchestre National de France for Pascal Zavaro’s La Machine de Trurl in Radio-France. He performed with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (cond. Alain Altinoglu) in Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien by Debussy (Copenhagen) and for the Carnaval des Animaux by Saint-Saëns in a staging by Côme de Bellescize (Théâtre de Rungis).


Eric Génovèse did his first theatre staging in 2001 at Le Théâtre du Marais, Les Juives by Robert Garnier. He staged Le Privilège des Chemins by Fernando Pessoa at la Comédie-Française (in collaboration with the IRCAM). In 2012 he staged Erzulie Dahomey by Jean-René Lemoine.


On the operatic field, he first staged Rigoletto at the Bordeaux Opera in 2007 where he was invited back to stage Die Schule der Frauen by Rolph Liebermann. He staged Cosí fan Tutte at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris (revival in 2012), and made his debut at the Vienna State Opera with Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (Netrebko, Garanca, D’Arcangelo, conducted by Evelino Pidò – DVD).


Eric Génovèse was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


Hervé Le Guillou