Pierre Audi is an internationally celebrated theatre and opera director. From 1988 to 2018 he was director of the Dutch National Opera. Under his directorship, DNO became one of the leading opera houses in the world, staging grand performances including the first Dutch production of Wagner’s Ring cycle. Between 2005 and 2014 Audi was artistic director of the Holland Festival, attracting prominent and promising artists and directors from various disciplines to the Netherlands. From September 2018 he has been general director of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as well as artistic director of the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Audi was knighted in the Order of the Dutch Lion and in the Légion d’honneur. To mark his departure from the Dutch National Opera he received the Gold Medal of Honour for Arts and Sciences of the House of Orange Nassau for his contribution to Dutch cultural life and for his work as a stage director.
Philipp Blom, Caroline de Gruyter, Arnon Grunberg and Pierre Audi discuss the question ‘Would you die for Europe?’.
Pierre Audi: “I am very concerned, because in de middle of this discussion on Europe there is also the discussion about the disintegration of what I would call the cultural specifics into a morass of something very vague.” Photo: Dolph Cantrijn