Stéphane Lissner

Stéphane Lissner (born 23 January 1953) is a French theatre director. He has been director of the Paris Opera since July 2014.

Stéphane Lissner


Born in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, son of a company manager, Lissner is a student at the Collège Stanislas and the lycée Henri-IV.[1] Just graduating from college, he created the "Théâtre mécanique" in 1972 in a small venue in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. He directed it until 1975. He began his career in the public theatre industry as Secretary General of the Théâtre de la Commune [fr] of Aubervilliers in 1977, then codirected the Nouveau théâtre de Nice [fr] from 1978 to 1983.[1]

He then directed the "Printemps du théâtre" between 1984 and 1987, taught the management of cultural institutions at the Université Paris-Dauphine in 1984, and was appointed Director General of the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 1988, while he has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1983. He remained so until 1997 while assuming the general management of the Orchestre de Paris from 1994 to 1996.[1]

The direction of the Aix-en-Provence Festival was entrusted to him in 1998. He also headed the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord with Peter Brook from 1998 to June 2005, and has been directing with Frédéric Franck the Théâtre de la Madeleine since 2002.[2]

As he was to retain the management of the Aix Festival until 2009, he had to leave it in 2006 to fully assume the positions of Superintendent and Artistic Director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, to which he was appointed in April 2005 and reappointed in November 2009.[2]

In October 2012, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Paris Opera and was appointed to succeed the then Director Nicolas Joel at the end of his term in summer 2015.[3] Finally, Nicolas Joël advances the end of his term of office to August 1, 2014 and, on July 9, 2014, Lissner is officially appointed Director of the Paris Opera.[4]


In February 2015, during an interview in the program "Qui êtes-vous ?" on BFM Business, Lissner was subjected by the journalist to an audio quiz on opera but only recognized one extract from the five classics chosen (La Wally, La forza del destino, Carmen, Tosca and Madama Butterfly, attracting the mockery of many Internet users relayed by the press.[5][6][7]

In May 2018, Lissner supports his Director of Dance, Aurélie Dupont[8] following the disclosure by the press of an internal investigation pointing out the mistrust of a majority of dancers towards their management.[9]



  • Métro Chapelle, NiL Éditions, Paris 2000, ISBN 2-84111-187-3.


  1. ^ a b c Notice biographique, Who's Who in France, 2009
  2. ^ a b « Aix : les dix principaux acteurs des réseaux de pouvoir - Stéphane Lissner », Les Échos No 19440 22 June 2005, p. 7
  3. ^ AFP (8 October 2012). "Stéphane Lissner succédera à Nicolas Joel à la tête de l'Opéra de Paris en 2015". Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Opéra de Paris: Stéphane Lissner officiellement nommé directeur". (in French). 9 July 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  5. ^ Christophe Rizoud, « Stéphane Lissner n'est pas incollable sur l'opéra » , Forum Opéra, 17 February 2015.
  6. ^ « Le directeur de l'Opéra de Paris ne (re)connaît pas ses “classiques” ! », Le Point, 19 February 2015.
  7. ^ (in Italian) « Figuraccia di Lissner: dirige l’Opéra di Parigi, ma non riconosce quattro arie su cinque », Il corriere della sera, 17 February 2015.
  8. ^ Philippe Noisette, Stéphane Lissner, directeur de l'Opéra de Paris : “On ne peut pas tout accepter !”, Paris Match, 12 May 2018.
  9. ^ « Opéra de Paris : un document choc révèle le malaise au sein du ballet », Europe 1, 16 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Décret du 30 décembre 2016 portant promotion et nomination". 1 January 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2017.


  • « Stéphane Lissner, directeur de la Scala : Entretien », Télérama, No 3151, 5 -11 June 2010, p. 20-24

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Preceded by
Jean-Albert Cartier
director of the Théâtre du Châtelet
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Brossmann
Preceded by
Louis Erlo
director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival
Succeeded by
Bernard Foccroulle
Preceded by
Nicolas Joel
director of the Paris Opera
Succeeded by