Director, translator, and librettist Matthew Jocelyn has worked indiscriminately in theater and opera for well over thirty years. After spending three seasons as resident director at the opera studio of Paris’s Opéra Bastille, he was appointed director of the Atelier du Rhin, the national drama center in Colmar, France, where he also established and directed the opera studio of the Opéra National du Rhin.
His numerous opera productions have appeared in such theatres as the Opéra National du Rhin, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Oper Frankfurt, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires or Staatsoper Hamburg. In addition to the libretto for Brett Dean’s Hamlet, he also penned the texts of Le Bal and Requiem, both by Argentinian composer Oscar Strasnoy. Current projects include wiring the librettos for the operas Cassandra by Belgian composer Bernard Foccroulle (L’Opéra Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, 2023) and Two Queens by Brett Dean (Bayesrische Staatsoper Munich, 2024). From 2009 to 2018, he was artistic and General Director of Canadian Stage in Toronto. Matthew was named Chevalier des Art et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2008.