René Terrason

Set Designer, Director
He was born in Valence, France in 1924 to a family with artistic interests. He studied at Collège Saint Joseph, Dijon and Dijon Conservatory. He founded the National Center of Dramatic Art of Burgundy (1948). Since 1968 he was opera director with the Art Theater in Rouen (1971-72), Opera of Nantes (1973-79) and Deutsche Oper am Rhein (1980-91). He served as honorary vice president of the Chambre Professionnelle des Directeurs d’Opéra (CPDO), vice president of the Centre Français de Promotion Lyrique (CFPL), member and vice president of the L’Amicale des Directeurs de Théâtre, member of the Société des Auteurs Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD), the Syndicat National des Auteurs et Compositeurs (SNAC) and the L’Académie du Disque Lyrique. He has directed, among others, the Operas Pelléas et Mélisande (Glyndebourne Festival), Dialogues of the Carmelites [Dialogues des Carmélites] (Festival de France, Théatre de Champs Elysées), Tourandot (100th anniversary of Garnier Opera in Monte-Carlo, 1979), Carmen (Festival d’ Orange, 1984) and Werther (Frankfurt, 1986). He was decorated as Officer of the Legion of Honor (Officier de la Légion d’honneur) and Commander of the Order of the Merit of the Republic of Germany. He was also awarded the Beaumarchais Medal (1977) and the Golden Orpheus of the Record Academy (1967, 1977). He collaborated with the GNO once, directing the production of The marriage of Figaro [Le nozze di Figaro] (1975/76, 1976/77, 1979/80). He died in 2011.