(Allan Kozinn’s article appeared in The New York Times, 10/7.)

Patrice Chéreau, a director whose iconoclastic theater, opera and film productions sometimes offered broad social critiques that made them both provocative and influential, died on Monday in Paris. He was 68.

The cause was cancer, a spokeswoman for his manager, Artmedia, said.

Mr. Chéreau, who also acted and wrote for the screen, came to international prominence in 1976, when he staged a production of Wagner’s operatic tetralogy, “Der Ring des Nibelungen,” at Bayreuth, the German festival Wagner founded, on the centenary of the first “Ring” cycle.



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