Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars

The mentor

Published in 2011

American theatre, opera and festival director Peter Sellars has gained renown worldwide for his transformative interpretations of artistic masterpieces and collaborative projects with an extraordinary range of creative artists across three decades.

Sellars’ early work crossed genres and time with contemporary versions of works by Shakespeare, Brecht, Gershwin, Mozart, Handel and Bach. Later, he collaborated with composer John Adams on operas, including Nixon in China, Doctor Atomic and The Death of Klinghoffer. New operas by Kaija Saariaho and Amin Maalouf, Osvaldo Golijov and David Henry Hwang, and Tan Dun join productions of works by Messiaen, Ligeti, Hindemith, Kurtág and Stravinsky. Sellars, who has directed many international festivals, is a resident curator at the Telluride Film Festival and a professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. He is the recipient of the 1998 Erasmus Prize and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2011, Sellars directed a production of Nixon in China at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. He also staged the premiere of a new version of Handel’s Hercules at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. For the 2012 Cultural Olympiad festival in London, he is collaborating with novelist Toni Morrison and singer Rokia Traoré on a Shakespeare-inspired work. Sellars is Theatre mentor in the 2010-2011 Rolex Arts Initiative.