Who is Laurence Marchand?

At 17 years old Laurence Marchand made her debut at the Early Music Festival of Saintes, her hometown and decided to devote her professional life to music.

She began her career in 1990 inside the patronage department of the “Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations” for the creation of “Alliances Opéras” (network of French and international opera co-productions) and the National Orchestra of Ile-de-France.

In 1991 she became Administrator of La Chapelle Royale – Champs-Elysées Orchestra and the Early Music Festival of Saintes. She contributes to the influence of this training at regional, national and international level and at the conclusion of important sponsorship agreements (France Telecom Foundation, Hennessy ...).

Between 1995 and 1999, Laurence Marchand develops for the international artistic management agency IMG Artists of the Mac Cormack group, the productions of the Mariinsky Theatre / Valery Gergiev, John Eliot Gardiner, Sylvie Guillem, Yehudi Menuhin and other international symphony orchestras throughout of the world. In this Anglo-Saxon private group she acquires solid skills into management and optimization of the entertainment industry economy and a real openness to an international network.

In 1999, Laurence Marchand joined Jean-Pierre Brossmann as General Delegate of production at the Chatelet Theater. She relies on her international artistic and institutional network and her management skills from the world of private enterprise to creatively manage a lyrical, musical and choreographic program based on an extensive network of co-productions (Staatsoper Berlin Theatre Mariinsky Saint Petersburg, Bunkamura Tokyo ...) and launches a very dynamic audiovisual policy in a cost optimization context. She then serves productions involving artists such as Robert Wilson, Laurent Pelly, John Neumeier, Pina Bausch, Valery Gergiev, John Eliot Gardiner, Thomas Hampson, Karita Mattila, among others, and weave privileged links with them.

With Jean-Luc Choplin who is appointed in 2006, Laurence Marchand contributes as Production Director and Artistic Coordinator at the creation of a new programming concept “popular and sophisticated” opening the opera to other artistic universes: composers and contemporary arts, film, world cultures, digital arts, "rehabilitation" of the great classics of the musical. The Châtelet Theater wins the bet about increasing and renewing the audience. The co-production network is strengthened and open to new territories ( Teatro de la Scala, English National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Municipal de São Paulo, Bamako / creation of the Sahel Opera...).