Yannis Kokkos was born in Athens. Since 1963 he has lived
in France. Studied scenography at the Ecole Superieure d’Art
Dramatique in Strasbourg. One important stage in Kokkos’ career was
his collaboration with the theatre director Antoine Vitez which lasted
thirty years (1960–1990), together with whom he staged productions at
the Comedie Française, the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, the Theatre
National de Chaillot and the Festival of Avignon (Le Soulier de
Satin, Elektra and Hamlet). As a set designer, Kokkos has
worked with major music theatres throughout the world, among them
the Opéra de Paris (Macbeth), La Scala and Covent Garden
(Pelléas et Melisande), the Wiener Staatsoper
(Die Zauberflote), the San Francisco Opera (Elektra)
and the Hamburg Staatsballett (Ondine).
Since 1987 he has also worked as a stage director of operas and dramas.
Kokkos’ opera productions have met with great acclaim from critics and
the public, among them Gotterdammerung, Iphigenie en Aulide,
Der Fliegende Hollander and Assassinio nella cattedrale
(La Scala), La clemenza di Tito, Tristan und Isolde (Theatre
de la Monnaie), Medea (Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse), Hänsel und
Gretel, La Damnation de Faust, Outis, The Bassarids (Theatre du
Chatelet) and Die Frau ohne Schatten (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,
Welsh National Opera).
Recipient of numerous awards, among them the Laurence Olivier Prize, two
Moliere prizes, the golden medal at the Prague Quadrennial,
the Critic Prlze for his production of the first integral version of
Les Troyens. Chevalier of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.