Influential theater and opera director Luc Bondy dead at 67

Source:AFP Published: 2015-11-29 18:33:01

Luc Bondy, an influential Swiss director who produced dozens of theater and operatic works in Europe over four decades, died on Saturday aged 67, Paris' prestigious Theatre de l'Odeon, where he was director, announced.

Born in Zurich and brought up in Switzerland and France, he had been dogged by ill health for much of his adult life.

He started his career in Germany, taking charge of the Berlin Schaubuehne theater and overseeing the Vienna Festival before returning to Paris three years ago.

Bondy directed a wide range of some 60 plays and 16 operas across Europe.

He turned his hand expertly from anything to Shakespeare, Chekhov, Moliere and Marivaux.

President Francois Hollande said Bondy had "incarnated cultural Europe through his personal history and exceptional work."

Bondy suffered poor health since having to fight off cancer from the age of 25. The illness would return to ravage him several times and, in 2009, he had to oversee rehearsals with the Paris Opera from a bed that had been placed next to the stage.

"I always acted as if there was nothing untoward - I lived, I enjoyed myself," he once said.

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