Bernard Uzan's extensive background in the opera includes success as general director, artistic director, stage director, designer, actor, and most recently a leading manager in the arts. He served as General and Artistic Director of L'Opera de Montreal from 1988 to 2002. During his tenure, he brought financial success and artistic renown throughout the world for its productions. He also briefly served as General and Artistic Director of the Tulsa Opera, as well as the director of the Young Artists program for the Florida Grand Opera and guest director/teacher for the prestigious Merola program in San Francisco. In addition, as a stage director and a producer his productions have graced the stages of 50 opera companies in North America, France, Italy, Switzerland, and South America with more than 300 productions. He has co-designed more than 75 productions that continue to be seen throughout the world.

In North America, his productions have graced the stages of the Arizona Opera, Baltimore Opera, Connecticut Opera, Dallas Opera, Dayton Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Fort Worth Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Kentucky Opera, Long Beach Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, New Orleans Opera, Opera Columbus, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Pacific, Orlando Opera, Philadelphia Opera, Portland Opera, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Tulsa Opera, New Jersey State Opera, Opera Colorado, Canadian opera company, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Winnipeg Opera, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, and Edmonton Opera.

In Europe, he has directed productions in Switzerland for the Zurich Opera; in Monaco for Opera de Monte Carlo; in Italy for the Teatro Massimo Palermo, Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, and Pisa; and in France for Opera de Lyon, Marseilles Opera, and the Toulouse Opera. In South America he has directed in Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina.

Recent new productions by Mr. Uzan include Macbeth for Seattle Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Carolina, Michigan Opera, and Montreal Opera, and a new production of Peter Grimes for Florida Grand Opera and Montreal Opera, Faust for Montreal, Seattle, Portland, and Florida Grand Opera, Massenet's Manon for Michigan Opera Theatre, Montreal Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, and Florida Grand Opera, Katya Kabanova for Montreal Opera and the Florida Grand Opera, Don Carlo in Montreal, revivals of his production of Andrea Chenier for the Opera de Monte Carlo, Baltimore Opera, and Opera Company of Philadelphia, Madama Butterfly for the Baltimore Opera and Opera Colorado and Vancouver Opera, Manon Lescaut for Montreal Opera and Opera Pacific, and Samson et Dalila for Michigan Opera Theater, Mefistofele for Montreal Opera. This past season, other productions included La fille du Regiment with Florentine Opera, La Rondine with Utah Symphony & Opera, Three Penny Opera with Arizona Opera, Aida and Tales of Hoffman with Palm Beach Opera, and Salome for Michigan Opera Theatre. Other notable productions include Fedora, Jenufa, Carmina Burana in Montreal, Cherubin in Monte Carlo, Aida in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Carmen in Vancouver and Quebec City, Andrea Chenier in Seattle, Madama Butterfly in Santiago, Suor Angelica and I Pagliacci for L'Opera de Montreal and the Florida Grand Opera, L'Elisir d'Amore and La Gioconda for the Florida Grand Opera, and The Consul for the Manitoba Opera.

Upcoming engagements include MacBeth with Dallas Opera and Arizona Opera, Manon Lescaust with Palm Beach Opera, Tosca with Baltimore Opera, Romeo et Juliette with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Faust with Cincinnati Opera. He has also been invited to direct a new production of Il Tabarro/Pagliacci for Seattle Opera in 2008 and is the librettist and director of the new Opera composed by David DiChiera, Cyrano, which will premiere at the Michigan Opera Theatre in 2007, and then at Florida Grand Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia.

A native of France, Mr. Uzan is a graduate of the University of Paris, with Ph.D.'s in Literature, Theatrical Studies and in Philosophy. He began his career in the theater as an actor and director in close collaboration with noted French director, Jean Louis Barrault. He appeared in leading theaters throughout Europe, earning recognition and receiving awards as the Best Young Actor (1967), Best Young Director (1969), and Best Director (1972). He emigrated to the U.S.A where he established French Theater in America, which toured for ten years giving 200 performances per year. He pursued an academic career as Professor of Literature, Acting, and Directing at Wellesley College and Middlebury College in addition to his work as an actor and director. He was also the producer and the main French voice for many French academic books.

In 1982, he directed his first operas with the Lake George Opera (Faust) and with the Opera Company of Philadelphia (La Rondine). In 1984, he directed Carmen for the Tulsa Opera with Fiorenza Cossotto and Veriano Luchetti, returning the following year for Faust with Neil Shicoff, Samuel Ramey, and Diana Soviero, where upon he was appointed General Director. In 1986, he directed a new production of Romeo et Juliette for L'Opera de Montreal and returned the following year for La Cenerentola before being named General Director.