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Gerard Alfons August, Baron Mortier (25 November 1943 – 8 March 2014) was a Belgian opera director and administrator of Flemish origin.
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La Monnaie

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His first major administrative post was as the general director of La Monnaie (De Munt) in Brussels from 1981 to 1991, where he was credited with artistically rejuvenating the company.
In the last three decades la Monnaie has regained its place amongst the foremost opera houses in Europe thanks to the efforts of the successive directors Gerard Mortier and Bernard Foccroulle and music directors Sylvain Cambreling and Antonio Pappano.


Ruhrtriennale Festival
Mortier was the founding director of the Ruhrtriennale arts festival in Germany, leading it from 2002 to 2004.
It was founded in 2002 by the government of North Rhine-Westphalia with Gerard Mortier, the impresario and former artistic director of the Salzburg Festival, as its founding director.

Christoph von Dohnányi

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Mortier pursued apprenticeships in opera administration under Christoph von Dohnányi in Frankfurt and Rolf Liebermann in Paris.
As director of the Frankfurt Opera and with his team including Gerard Mortier (Director of Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, Salzburg Festival, Opéra de Paris), Peter Mario Katona (Director of Casting at ROH Covent Garden) and Klaus Schultz, Dramaturg in Munich (Bayerische Staatsoper) and Berlin (Philharmonic Orchestra), then General Manager of the Stadttheater Aachen, Nationaltheater Mannheim, and Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich, the balance in programming of traditional opera performance and innovative Musiktheater, promoting the idea of Regietheater, established Frankfurt opera as a leading house at that time.

Brokeback Mountain (opera)

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While in New York, he had already commissioned a new opera, Brokeback Mountain, with the American composer Charles Wuorinen and a libretto by Annie Proulx, who wrote the original short story on which it is based.
They began work on it in 2008 under a commission by Gerard Mortier of the New York City Opera.

Ghent University

University of GhentGhentRijksuniversiteit Gent
He subsequently studied law and journalism at Ghent University.
Gerard Mortier (1943–2014), artistic director


Sainte-BarbeCollege of Saint BarbaraCollège Sainte-Barbe
Born in Ghent, the son of a baker, Mortier attended in youth the Jesuit private school Sint-Barbaracollege, following the death of his mother.
Gerard Mortier

Bayreuth Festival

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In addition, Mortier was campaigning for a position as co-artistic director of the Bayreuth Festival.
They were chosen ahead of the pair of their cousin, Nike Wagner, and Gerard Mortier, who had placed a late bid for the directorship on 24 August.

Salzburg Festival

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He subsequently held the general directorship of the Salzburg Festival from 1991 to 2001.
Upon Karajan's death in 1989, the festival was drastically modernized and expanded by director Gerard Mortier, who was succeeded by Peter Ruzicka in 2001.

New York City Opera

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In February 2007, the New York City Opera (NYCO) named him their next general director, effective as of the 2009/2010 season.
A note of uncertainty about the company's future emerged in November 2008, when Gerard Mortier, who was scheduled to begin his first official season as General and Artistic Director of the company in 2009, abruptly resigned.


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Born in Ghent, the son of a baker, Mortier attended in youth the Jesuit private school Sint-Barbaracollege, following the death of his mother.
Gerard Mortier, Belgian opera director (born 1943)

Sylvain Cambreling

Mortier died of pancreatic cancer in Brussels on 8 March 2014, aged 70. Survivors include his sister Rita and his longtime companion, conductor Sylvain Cambreling.
Cambreling was the music director of the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels from 1981–1991, during Gerard Mortier's tenure.

Paris Opera

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Mortier served as general director of the Opéra National de Paris from 2004 to 2009.

Teatro Real

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Also in November 2008, Mortier accepted the position of Artistic Director of the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Gerard Mortier (2010–2013) (Artistic Advisor from 2014)

International Opera Awards

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In April 2014, Mortier was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in the International Opera Awards 2014.

Francisco Negrin

She recommended Negrin to Gerard Mortier who hired him as a staff assistant director at La Monnaie/De Munt in Brussels for two seasons (1984-1986).

Goethe Medal

Goethemedaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft
Gerard Mortier, (posthumously) Belgian opera director

L'Amour de loin

Love From AfarL’amour de loin
Having secured an advance commitment from Salzburg Festival director Gerard Mortier to stage the opera, Saariaho began L'Amour de loin in 1999.

Deaths in March 2014

Gerard Mortier, 70, Belgian opera director and administrator, pancreatic cancer.


Helicopter String Quartet
His reaction was positive, as was that of the Director of the Festspiele, Gerard Mortier.

Einstein on the Beach

When General Manager designate Gerard Mortier withdrew from NYCO, the revival, along with the rest of Mortier's programming, was canceled.


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Gerard Mortier (1943–2014), Belgian opera director and administrator

Alexander Polzin

2015 – Cover design for "Reflexiones sobre la ópera, el arte, y la política" by Gerard Mortier

The Perfect American

The project idea was suggested by Gerard Mortier, who was appointed director in February 2007, and gave a copy of Jungk's novel to Philip Glass, seeing a perfect frame for a future production.

Michael Haneke

In 2006 he gave his debut as an opera director, staging Mozart's Don Giovanni for the Opéra National de Paris at Palais Garnier when the theater's general manager was Gerard Mortier.