Death of powerful French opera chief

Death of powerful French opera chief

The Académie des Beaux-Arts has announced the death of Hugues Gall, director of the Grand Théâtre de Genève for 15 years and then of the Opéra de Paris until 2004.

Hugues, who was 84, was a patrician figure who saw his certainties swept away by the radical ideas of Gerard Mortier.

Hugues took a retirement job looking after the house and gardens of the painter Claude Monet.

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