The music historian and theoretician specializing in French opera of the 18th century, Benoît Dratwicki has been the artistic director of the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles since 2006. The state-funded institution focuses on the rediscovery of French Baroque music and its reintroduction on French and international stages. Benoît Dratwicki, who originally studied the cello and bassoon at the Metz Conservatoire and later musicology at the Sorbonne in Paris, has authored a number of critically acclaimed monographs.
These include the first-ever biography of the director of Parisian opera Antoine Dauvergne or a monograph on François Colin de Blamont. He has also prepared the modern editions of various Baroque scores and contributed to the implementation of modern premieres, recordings and performances of dramatic works of French Baroque music. He is a sought-after author of sleeve notes for prestigious labels, including, for example a collection of French operas recorded by Concert Spirituel and another by Orfeo Orchestra and Purcell Choir for Glossa).
For CMBV he has prepared transcriptions and modern editions of vocal music (e.g. Lully, Rameau and Gluck). Since 2006 he has been active as artistic director (2006-2099) and cast adviser at Palazzetto Bru-Zane, the Centre of French Romantic Music in Venice. Since 2021 he is artistic director of Haydneum in Budapest. He is regularly invited as guest at colloquia, conferences and as member of jury at international competitions. For many years he has dedicated himself to the production and performances of significant works of music history and musical theatre.