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Chéreau, Patrice (b Lézigné, Maine-et-Loire, 1944). Fr. producer. Made his name as th. director. First opera prods. were L'Italiana in Algeri at Spoleto 1969, and Les contes d'Hoffmann, Paris 1974. Invited by Wolfgang Wagner to prod. Der Ring des Nibelungen for Bayreuth Fest. centenary in 1976. This ‘deconstructionist’ prod., set in mid-19th and late 20th cents. and cond. by Boulez, proved highly controversial. In 1979 Chéreau prod. the 3-act version of Lulu (in Cerha's edn. of the complete score) in Paris. Prod. Lucio Silla (La Scala, 1984); Wozzeck (Paris, 1992); and Don Giovanni (Salzburg Fest., 1994).