Benoît Dugardyn made his LA Opera debut with Il Trovatore in 1994.

Born in Brugge‚ Belgium‚ the late Benoît Dugardyn‚ who died in 2018‚ graduated as an architect at the University of Leuven‚ followed by periods as deputy technical director at La Monnaie and technical director at the Vlaamse Opera.

His projects included Lucia di Lammermoor (Oldenburg, his final design)‚ La Traviata (Magdeburg)‚ Roberto Devereux‚ Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena (Canadian Opera Company)‚ Carmen and Faust (Santa Fe)‚ Der Rosenkavalier (Bolshoi)‚ Il Trovatore (Houston Grand Opera)‚ Anna Bolena (Washington National Opera)‚ Otello (Korean National Opera)‚ Salome (Portland)‚ Die Fledermaus (Geneva) and a double bill of Iolanta and Francesca da Rimini (Theater an der Wien), all with director Stephen Lawless; Rigoletto‚ L’Elisir d’Amore and Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (Oscarsborgs Operaen) with Stein Winge‚ La Cenerentola (Erfurt) with Lynne Hockney‚ Oresteia (Muziektheater Transparant) with Caroline Petrick‚ Werther (Buenos Aires)‚ Un Ballo in Maschera (Theater Biel Solothurn)‚ Lakmé (Theater Bonn and Opera Theatre Metz Métropole) with Paul-Emile Fourny‚ La princesse de Trébizonde (Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Etienne)‚ Die Fledermaus (Glyndebourne‚ Geneva‚ Graz); Ariodante (Halle); The Bartered Bride‚ The Tsar’s Bride and L’isola disabitata (Frankfurt); Francesco Bartolomeo Conti's Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena (Innsbruck‚ Holland Festival); The Magic Flute (Opera Zuid); La Bohème (Malmö); Der Ring des Nibelungen‚ Salome (Nuremberg); La Clemenza di Tito (Dallas‚ Minnesota‚ Royal Opera House); Il Trovatore (Los Angeles‚ Washington‚ Gothenburg‚ Toronto‚ San Diego‚ Tel Aviv‚ Genova‚ Saarbrücken); Simon Boccanegra (New Zealand Festival); Wozzeck (Braunschweig); Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Delphin Poulopeau (Strasbourg); The Marriage of Figaro (Glimmerglass); Venus and Adonis and Dido and Aeneas (Innsbruck‚ Antwerp); Tosca (Oscarsborg Opera); Orfeo ed Euridice (Theater an der Wien); La Strada (Vlaamse Opera) and Maria Stuarda/Roberto Devereux/Anna Bolena (Dallas).