Jehan-François Boucher started his stage career as an acting musician in a production of Molière's Imaginary Invalid at the Stratford Festival in his native Canada. In order to complete his harpsichord studies he moved to the Netherlands and graduates in the mid-eighties from the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory.

His persisting interest for theatre and his profound musical background brought him soon to work as an assistant to several opera directors such as David Alden, Anthony Besch, Elijah Moshinsky, Lluis Pasqual, Vittorio Patané and Helge Thoma.

Boucher has been since 1991 active as an opera director : Gräfin Maritza, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Carmen, Oberto and La Sonnambula.

In 1997 he created the first staging of François Guyon by Kees Olthuis and shortly after opened the newly founded Summerborn Rossini Opera Festival in Voorst (Holland) with L'Occasione fa il Ladro. This was followed by Dido and Aeneas, L'Elisir d'Amore, Tosca, Don Pasquale and Sondheim's musical Into the Woods.

F.Guyon - Olthuis

Faust - Gounod

In 2000, Jehan-François Boucher created a staged version of Bach's Saint Matthew's Passion, a theatrical novelty for the Netherlands. In spring 2001 he was invited to direct Les Pêcheurs de Perles for Teatro de la Opera in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he subsequently returned for Faust (2002), Norma, Le Nozze de Figaro (2003) and Tristan und Isolde (2004).

In January 2005 Jehan-François Boucher made his German debut with Faust for Theater Hagen and later that year at the Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Canada he staged the world première of Evangeline Revisited by the American composer Julian Wachner; an opera commissioned to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Acadian deportation. He returned to Montreal in January 2006 to stage for Opera McGill a production of Händel's Radamisto.

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