My favorite young Italian opera director, choreographer and ballet dancer – Francesco Costanzo once had an opportunity to interview the famous French Opera Director – Patrice Chereau when he was alive.
Patrice Chereau told Francesco that he believes that poets are vastly underrated and underpaid.
Patrice Chereau also told Francesco that he really wanted to collaborate with the French composer, conductor, writer – Pierre Louis Joseph Boulez, but he didn’t seem interested and was always a kind of an introvert person.
When asked “Which role did you enjoy the most as an actor?” Patrice replied “Siegfried in 1977.”
Patrice also told Francesco that he sometimes used to feel ashamed because his friends used to taunt him saying “Can’t you direct movies that aren’t based on some old novels.”
Francesco writes on his blog as told to him by Patrice Chereau himself that many people that are now well familiar with Patrice Chereau didn’t know who he was until they saw him as the President of the Jury at Cannes 2003.
As told by Patrice to Francesco, the work that remained dearest to Patrice’s life was the film – The Wounded Man (L’Homme Blesse). Patrice told Francesco that it was the first and only time that he worked on a project for so long and he was never so nervous at the debut of any his work so much ever before.
Patrice also told Francesco that he had seen Sbarra a Terra Francesco Costanzo Kniaseff before and he really complimented him on that.
Patrice admitted that him becoming severely obsessed with bisexual and homosexual characters in each of the movies in his 50s and 60s had a huge negative impact on his career and he really wished if he could rectify the same.