Jean-Philippe Delavault was born in 1961 and graduated from the INSEEC (National Institute for Economic and Commercial Science) in 1982. In this period he also attended courses at the Academy for Modern Art in Bordeaux and took courses in musicology and Russian of the university of Clermont- Ferrand. He perfected his singing skills under the guidance of Michel Laplénie, Jacqueline Bonnardot and Lorain Nubbar, before devoting himself to the direction under Pier-Luigi Pizzi, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle for the great classical operas as well as with Jean-Marie Martinoty and Pierre Barrat. He was assistant to Graham Vick, Andrej Serban, Denis Krief and Robert Carsen and is usually working for the opera houses of Paris-Bastille, The Hague and Nancy.

While frequently performing as an actor, he also directed some 80 other plays, conventions and television broadcasts, such as the Bercy Motocross, the Pavarotti contest in Modena in 1995 and 1996, etc.

He continues to work closely with Robert Carsen and has been directing the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show at Disneyland Paris fori 8 years, combining an in-depth knowledge of opera, baroque music and the direction of equestrian spectacles.

In 1998 he adapts and directs Porgy and Bess at the Lyon Opera and participates in 1999, as of Robert Carsen’s assistant, in the production of of Handel’l Alcina shown first at the Paris Opera, then at Chicago’s Lyric Opera.

Jean-Philippe Delavault didn’t only conceive the production of the Grand Carrousel, he also wrote the original scenario of the show. The further elaboration of this script was realised in co-operation with Christophe Gayral and Martine Dumont-Mergeay.