Yoshi Oïda, director, was born in Japan, where he graduated from Keio University with a Master’s in Philosophy. He then began working as an actor within the traditional Japanese Noh theatre. In 1968 he was invited to Paris by the director Peter Brook and his famous International Centre for Theatre Research, based since 1974 at the Bouffes du Nord theatre. Here he was involved in a number of Brook’s renowned productions, including La Conférence des Oiseaux (1973) and Mahabharata (1985). He was already creating a number of his own productions back in 1975, including texts from Noh theatre and Japanese literature, Dante’s Divine Comedy in Rome and Mishima’s Madame de Sade at Schaubühne in Berlin (1996). He has also participated in film, including the film version of Mahabharata and Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book (1996). Yoshi Oïda is also the author of three books on the art of acting.
Towards the end of the 1990s, Yoshi Oïda also began directing opera, the first of which was Britten’s Curlew River at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 1998, followed by Stravinsky’s The Nightingale at the opera in Rouen, Verdi’s Nabucco at the Teatro Comunale de Bologne, Winterreise by Schubert in Potsdam, Berlin and later Mexico, Haydn’s Il mondo della luna in Rennes, Nantes, Angers and Luxembourg, and Mozart’s Idomeneo at Prague’s National Theatre in 2010. For the opera in Lyon he directed Britten’s Death in Venice (2009) and Jérôme Combier’s Terre et Cendres (2012). He also directed a Schubert performance at the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris and La Nuit de Gutenberg by Philippe Manoury at Opéra du Rhin. In 2012, Oïda directed Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers at the Opéra Comique in Paris.