Born in Montreal, Alain Gauthier developed his directing skills at the Université du Québec à Montréal. As an apprentice director with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Gauthier confirmed his talent for stage direction. Collaborating regularly with the Opéra de Montréal, Alain Gauthier staged a number of important works of the repertoire for the company, including L’Étoile, Suor Angelica, Il tabarro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi, Faust, Dead Man Walking, Samson et Dalila and Elektra. Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi, as well as Dead Man Walking, were hailed by critics and patrons as two of the most important productions in the company’s history. They both received an Opus Award (Quebec’s highest distinction in classical music) for respectively “Best show of the year” and “Event of the year”.
Elsewhere in Canada, he was invited to stage Carmen for the Edmonton Opera and the Calgary Opera, La vie parisienne and Die Zauberflöte at the Opéra de Québec, as well as many concerts and operas with young artists for the Jeunesses Musicales Canada, the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, the Université de Montréal, and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. He also worked with Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain and its conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, to create a concert version of Don Giovanni, and has recently conceived staged concert versions of Carmen and Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal and its artistic director, Kent Nagano.
In the United States, Gauthier experienced a successful collaboration with Cincinnati Cincinnati Opera, staging for them L’Étoile, Cosi fan tutte, Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi, and Carmen. He also worked with the Minnesota Opera, the Austin Opera, the New York City Opera as well as with the Clarion Orchestra and the Columbus Orchestra.
He recently directed La fille du régiment at Opera Carolina, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Manitoba Opera. He also presented a five-Canadian-company co-production of La Traviata at Vancouver Opera, which will also travel to l'Opéra de Montréal in a near future.
Alain Gauthier will direct George Benjamin’s acclaimed opera, Written on Skin, in an Opéra de Montreal new production next season. He will also direct La vie parisienne with the Atelier d'opéra of the Université de Montréal, as well as La chauve-souris with the Opéra de Québec.