French-Swiss librettist and stage Director, Chloé Lechat joined the Ecole supérieure d'art dramatique of the Théâtre national de Strasbourg in 2004, under the direction of Stéphane Braunschweig, in the Direction and Creation class. She then accompanied various stage directors (Christophe Honoré, Stefan Herheim, Barrie Kosky, Mariame Clément, Stéphane Braunschweig, David Marton, Alfredo Arias, Katharina Thalbach) as an artistic collaborator in several opera houses and festivals for about ten years.
In 2019, she has taken part in the workshop Opera in creation of the Academy of the International Festival of Lyric Art of Aix-en-Provence directed by Pascal Dusapin. She will then write her first libretto for the chamber opera Nach dem Kuss, for which she received the Beaumarchais-SACD writing grant in 2019 (musical composition: Clara Olivares), a project supported by La Chartreuse-CNES. In 2020, she continued with the Amsterdam Opera & Writing Workshop under the direction of Luc Joosten, organised by the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, after which she created the music theatre company Liese Nebel in collaboration with the dramaturge and musicologist Raphaëlle Blin.
In the 2021-2022 season, she She will direct the staging of La Traviata at the Opéra de Limoges. She will focus on the myth of the character of La Dame aux Camélias, who is trapped in a patriarchal economic and political system. One of the themes of this work, the perpetual construction of hierarchies, echoes her own research. She now wishes to continue exploring these issues in a broader historical and cultural perspective. During her residency at the Cité internationale des arts, she is working on the writing of the opera WoMen.
Chloé Lechat is a member of the Réseau des Autrices Francophones de Berlin and of the Young Opera Makers programme of the ENOA network.