Opera director and arts programmer Pierre Audi, who is wrapping up a 30-year tenure at the Dutch National Opera to take charge of the month-long Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, see in 2015. Sarah Wong/Dutch National Opera via AP
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Aix marks the spot where Pierre Audi is planting his next flag in a lifelong crusade for innovation and diversity in the performing arts, passions that trace back to his boyhood in Lebanon.What's more, he's also keeping his job as artistic director of New York's Park Avenue Armory and also undertaking some high-profile directing assignments, starting with Wagner's "Parsifal" to open this year's Munich Opera Festival.Some might think this demanding schedule would pull him in conflicting directions, but Audi doesn't see it that way.Audi staged festivals of avant-garde plays and music, transforming the space into one of the city's most respected venues – and in the process helping turn the rundown Islington neighborhood into one of London's priciest.The idea of working in an unconventional space came naturally to Audi because growing up in Lebanon, where he lived until his family moved to Paris and then London, "there was no theater, no place to do anything.Audi's first "Parsifal" offered a bleak ending, but he won't be repeating himself.Foccroulle will remain through the 2018 season and Audi will announce plans for the future on July 6 .
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