The Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation supports two young French directors in New York

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Paris, May 21, 2007

The Foundation lent its support to the French Institute: to stage a production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s baroque opera, Castor et Pollux

The Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation encourages excellence in a range of artistic fields, from literature, cinema and visual arts to digital creation and music.

On 17 and 19 May 2007, the Foundation lent its support to the French Institute: Alliance Française and the Opéra Français in New York, to stage a production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s baroque opera, Castor et Pollux, at the Florence Gould Hall.
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This première was directed by Jean-Philippe Clarac and Olivier Delœil, two young directors from Bordeaux, who decided to embark on an American adventure. Thanks to their contemporary approach to directing, Clarac and Delœil, who teach at Sciences-Po Paris, have begun to make a name for themselves on the international scene.

This production, which features eight solos, two dancers and an eight-piece chamber orchestra, was a huge success.

The partnership is in line with one of the objectives that the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation has set for itself: to support the development of young artists and to help them promote French culture abroad.

Since it was founded in 1988, the Opéra Français de New York has been the only professional opera company devoted exclusively to performing French operas.

The French Institute: Alliance Française is a non-profit making private organization that aims to promote New Yorkers’ interest in and knowledge of French culture.

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