It is with enormous sadness that we have learned of the death of Luc Bondy. We have lost a great artist and a dear friend.
I had the privilege of inviting Luc Bondy to La Monnaie several times, and to follow his work as an author and director. His productions of Salome, Reigen, Don Carlos, Wintermärchen and Julie still live on in the memory of all who saw them, not to mention Così fan tutte, in his unforgettable staging under the direction of Gerard Mortier in 1983. His five-time collaboration with Philippe Boesmans marked the lyrical scene for two decades, from L’incoronazione di Poppea (1988) to Yvonne (2009). In 2005, their production of Julie brought La Monnaie to the Festival d’Aix.
Previously, under the direction of Stéphane Lissner, Luc Bondy had staged The Turn of the Screw and Handel’s Hercules in Aix, two productions that still count among the greatest moments in the history of our Festival.
It is difficult to describe the artistry that Luc Bondy brought to the opera; his inventiveness was spontaneous, undogmatic, fluid, light and dramatic all at the same time, shot through with dazzling intuition, nourished by the music as much as the text, always a graceful mix of realism and strangeness.
Grace is the quality that I feel best expresses the personality of this extraordinary artist, whatever artistic discipline he worked in.
With the teams of the Festival d’Aix, we share the deep sorrow of Luc Bondy’s family and the emotion of the European cultural world to which he contributed so much.
Bernard Foccroulle, Director of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence