François Rochaix is a former Associate Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and a former Director of the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.
His directing work at the A.R.T. includes Antigone, The Bacchae, The Wild Duck, Tartuffe, and The Oresteia, as well as Michel Vinaver’s Overboard and The Interview, and Dario Fo’s Mistero Buffo, and other productions at the Institute.
Mr. Rochaix has worked extensively in theaters and opera houses throughout Europe and the U.S. In 1963 he founded the Theatre de l’Atelier in Geneva, where he worked until 1975. He then became the General Director of the Theatre de Carouge through 1981, when he became a freelance director and began his work in opera. His opera credits include Turn of the Screw, Pelléas et Mélisande, The Rake’s Progress, Dialogues des Carmelites, Idomeneo and Così fan tutte at the Grand Theatre de Geneve; as well as productions at Scottish Opera, Opera North, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington Opera, and Seattle Opera, where his work includes Wagner’s complete Ring cycle.
Mr. Rochaix’s theater credits include Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in Oslo, The Game of Life in Bergen, Norway; Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 in Geneva, Vitrac’s Victor in Moscow, and a Swiss, Norwegian, American, and Russian co-production of The Oresteia in French and Norwegian, presented in Geneva in 1991. Mr. Rochaix served as Artistic Director of La Fête des Vignerons de 1999, the massive Festival of the Winegrowers in Switzerland.
From 2002 to 2008, he was again General Director of the Théâtre de Carouge. In the last years he has collaborated with the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences for various plays about Darwin and Andreas Vesalius.