Program Books/Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars


Peter Sellars (director) has gained international renown for his groundbreaking and transformative interpretations of classics, advocacy of 20th-century and contemporary music, and collaborative projects with an extraordinary range of creative and performing artists. He has staged operas at the Dutch National Opera, English National Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Opéra National de Paris, Salzburg Festival, and San Francisco Opera, among others.

Sellars recently created a staging of the Roman de Fauvel at the Théâtre du Châtelet in collaboration with musicologist and founder of the Sequentia Ensemble, Benjamin Bagby, as well as composer Tyshawn Sorey’s Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) for the Park Avenue Armory. A revival of Sellars’ acclaimed production of Tristan und Isolde, with videography by artist Bill Viola, was seen at the Paris Opera early in 2023.

Sellars is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. He is recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Erasmus Prize for contributions to European culture, and the Gish Prize, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the prestigious Polar Music Prize and named Artist of the Year by Musical America. In 2021, he was honored with the EBU-IMZ Lifetime Achievement Award for his body of opera video recordings.