Silviu Purcărete

Silviu Purcărete, born in 1950, is a theatre, opera and film director. He began his artistic career in Bucharest in 1974 and soon earned himself a reputation for his exceptional creations. In 1986, he staged a performance after Campiello by Goldoni and won the National Prize for Theatre During 1989-1996 he worked for the National Theatre of Craiova, where he developed numerous productions that were appreciated on national and international scale. In 1992, he became the Artistic Director of the Bulandra Theatre in Bucharest. In 1996, he became the Director of Centre Dramatique National at the Théâtre de l’Union in Limoges, France, where he staged “Orestia”, “The Three Sisters” and “Don Juan”, and founded a school for young actors. In 2012, he foundeds his own theatre company. In 2009, the show “Faust”, produced by the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu, became the highlight of the Edinburgh International Festival, where Ofelia Popii was distinguished with the Herald Angel Award. In 2012, Silviu Purcărete debuted as film director with “Somewhere in Palilula”.

His most memorable stagings include: “The Dwarf in the Summer Garden” by D.R. Popescu, “King Ubu and Scenes from Macbeth” after Alfred Jarry and W. Shakespeare, “Titus Andronicus” by W. Shakespeare, “Phaedra’ after Seneca and Euripides, “The Danaids” and “Orestia” by Aeschylus, “The Twelfth Night” by W. Shakespeare (National Theatre of Craiova), “Faust”, “Gulliver’s Travels”, “Carnival Stuff” (“Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu). Abroad, he staged plays such as: “La Bohème”, by Giacomo Puccini (Essen), “Parsifal”, by Richard Wagner (Scottish Opera), “Roberto Devereux”, by Gaetano Donizetti (Wiener Staatsoper), “Castor et Polux”, by Jean-Philippe Rameau (Bonn Opera).

Silviu Purcărete was awarded numerous prizes and distinctions, including: the Critics’ Prize and the Artistic Excellence Prize by the Hamada Foundation (Edinburgh International Festival, 1991); the Best Foreign Production at the Festival TransAmériques in Montreal (1993); Golden Globe Peter Brook Prize for Best Director 1995; Critics’ Award at the Dublin Festival (1996). Special Jury Prize at the Gdansk International Shakespeare Festival (2006), “Herald Angel” Award, Edinburgh (2012). Starting with 2003, Silviu Purcărete is a personal member of the Union of European Theatres.

“Theatre, opera and film director, director of Bulandra Theatre, director of the Limoges National Dramatic Center, founder of the theater school in Limoges – France, Silviu Purcărete receives a star on the Sibiu Walk of Fame for the great creations set on stage at the National Theatre of Craiova, the National Theatre of Sibiu, Katona Jozef Theatre Budapest, Royal Shakespeare Company, the Scottish Opera, Nottingham Playhouse, Bonn Opera, Dramatic Centre Limoges, Wienner Staatsoper and the triumph recorded by his creations at several important festivals: Edinburgh, Tokyo, Melbourne, Avignon, Wienner Fest Wochen, Montreal, Glasgow and Sibiu.”
(Constantin Chiriac)

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