52nd edition

William Friedkin

William Friedkin remains best known for The Exorcist (1973), one of the most frightening movies ever made. His other major films include The French Connection (1971), Sorcerer (1977), The Brinks Job (1979), Cruising (1981), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) and Blue Chips (1994). He made his debut in opera production with Wozzek, which was highly acclaimed in Florence in 1998 and in Los Angeles in 2002, Ariane au Naxos at the L.A. Opera in 2004, Samson and Delilah in Israel and Aïda in Italy, both in 2005. Bug will be released in autumn 2006.