Director of Opéra de Paris Will Not Have His Contract Renewed Past 2021

By David Salazar

Stéphane Lissner, director of the Opéra National de Paris, will not retain his position for long.

Per Le Monde, his contract runs out in 2021 and he is not set to have it renewed. The report also notes that Françoise Nyssen, the current minister of culture has made the decision and informed Lissner of it.

One of the reasons behind the decision is that by July 2021, the close of the 2020-21 season, Lissner will be 68, making him older than the legal limit of 67 for a public employment of that sort.

Lissner was named the director in 2014 after his predecessor Nicolas Joel stepped down due to health reasons. Prior to taking over the Opéra National de Paris, Lissner served as General Manager and Artistic Director at La Scala, Musical Director at Wiener FestWochen, Co-Director of the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, General director of the Orchestre de Paris, General Director at Festival Intarnational d’Aix-en-Provence, and General Manager at Théâtre du Châtelet, among others positions.