Arnaud BERNARD, born in 1966, began playing the violin at age 6. He entered the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg at the age of 17, where he completed a wide range of musical studies including violin, orchestra, analysis, etc. Subsequently, he was engaged as violinist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Strasbourg for the 1986 and 1987 seasons. In 1988, he became assistant to the renowned director Nicolas Joël. At the same time he served as assistant to Jean-Claude Auvray throughout France and Germany.
In 1989, he was hired by the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse as stage manager and since that time, has worked as assistant director for all major productions. During this period, he continued his activities as assistant throughout France (Nancy, Lyon, Strasbourg, Nice, Paris, Montpellier, Monte-Carlo, Bordeaux) as well as abroad (Germany, Belgium, England, Argentina and United States, Japan, Italy, Spain) and particularly in the world's most prestigious opera houses : Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Scala di Milano, Opéra Bastille, Teatro Colon in Buenos aires…
Since 1993, Mr Bernard has had the occasion to stage more than 35 revivals of Mr Joël’s productions in France and abroad, notably for Romeo et Juliette at the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden and Lucia di Lamermoor at the Metropolitan Opera.
After having been appointed as Associate Stage Director and Production Manager at the Théâtre du Capitole in 1996, he made his personal debut, at the age of 29, staging Falstaff for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. to great critical acclaim, followed by Il Trovatore in Toulouse and by a new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1998), also at the Théâtre du Capitole.
Between 1999 and 2005, he produced Gounod's Roméo et Juliette for the Chicago Lyric Opera with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu in the leading roles. He signed a new production of L'Elisir d'amore at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse for the debut of Marcelo Alvarez in the role of Nemorino, a new production of Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots for the summer Festival in Martina Franca, Italy. Then he realised a new production of Lakmé (revival in Tokyo and Philadelphia) for the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Werther for Martina Franca, Roméo et Juliette in Tokyo, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor in Nantes and Angers. a new production of Luisa Miller for the National Reiseopera in The Netherlands, L'Elisir d'amore in Saint-Etienne ,Roméo et Juliette at the Beijing Music festival, Le Roi de Lahore for the re-opening of La Fenice in Venice. La Bohème at the Arena of Verona to great critical acclaim, Rigoletto in Lausanne .
More recently, he has staged Capuleti e i Montecchi in Oviedo,a new Tosca in Prag (Narodni Divadlo), Manon in Monte-Carlo, a new Romeo and Juliet in Hong-Kong, La Bohème in Sao paulo, Rigoletto in Verona (Filarmonico), Luisa Miller at the Fenice, Traviata in Prag (PSO), a new Falstaff at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Rigoletto in Marseille and Nantes, L’Elisir d’amore in Toulouse, a new production of Cavalleria Rusticana in St Gallen, a new production of Carmen in Helsinki in coproduction with Lausanne and Tokyo, a new production of The Queen of Spades in Toulouse, Falstaff at the Teatro Colon, revival of la Bohème in Verona, Carmen and Traviata in Lausanne and in Tokyo, Carmen in Bilbao, Falstaff and la Bohème in Zagreb, Thaïs in Athens (Megaron), La Juive in Saint-Petersburg (Mikhailowsky Theatre), Die zauberflöte in Athens (Greek National opera), Otello at the Bolshoï Theatre, Romeo and Juliet in Lausanne, Marseille, Liège and Bilbao, La Bohème in Saint-Petersburg (Mikhailowsky Theatre), Tosca at the opera di Roma, La Bohème (revival) at the Arena di Verona, Rigoletto in Verona(Filarmonico). Falstaff in Lausanne , a new Falstaff in Budapest Opera , a new Elisir d’amore in Brescia (ASLICO) and Ancona, Romeo et Juliette in Liège (Théâtre Royal de Wallonie) a new Bohème in Sao Paulo, I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Verona, at the Royal Opera house in Muscat (Oman) , a new Traviata in Seoul (KNO), Manon by Massenet in Lausanne , Madama Butterfly in Sassari, Romeo and Juliet in Moscow , l’Elisir d’amore in Marseille, The Merchant of Venice (Reynado Hahn) in St-Etienne, I Capuleti e i Montecchi at The Fenice Opera and at the Megaron in Athens (Greek National Opera).
Other notable engagements include La Fanciulla del West in Zagreb and Otello at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Recent and future projects include revival of La Bohème at Teatro Sao Carlos de Lisboa, Manon at Bilbao, I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisboa, Simon Boccanegra at Opéra de Lausanne, Rigoletto at Fondazione Petruzzelli, Bari and Queen of Spades at Norwegian National Opera in Oslo.
Arnaud Bernard has had 9 nominations at The Golden Masks in Moscow for La Juive and la Bohème. His new Romeo is nominated for extra 4 nominations.
Arnaud Bernard has been the youngest stage director to stage a production at the Arena di Verona (La Bohème , 2005; 2009, 2011).