Lydia Steier Director

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Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Lydia Steier studied voice at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. She then took advantage of a Fullbright scholarship to move to Germany. She directed Eugène Ionesco's The Lesson at Berlin's HAU and Peter Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad King in Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Mexico City. She subsequently directed La Clémence de Titus and Brundibar at the Pittsburgh Opera-Theater, Lohengrin at the Los Angeles Opera, Madame Butterfly in Bremen and The Merry Widow at the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar. His work has been presented at international festivals in Hong Kong, Dublin and New York. Her stagings of Busoni's Turandot and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci earned her the title of Revelation of the Year by Deutschlandradio Kultur.

His staging of Stockhausen's Donnerstag aus Licht was chosen by Opernwelt magazine as the best staging of the 2015-2016 season, and his productions of Handel's Saul at the Staatstheater Oldenburg and Pascal Dusapin's Perelà at the Staatstheater Mainz were nominated for the FAUST-Theater prize. Recent productions include Julius Caesar at the Komische Oper Berlin, Turandot at the Cologne Opera, Les Troyens at the Semperoper Dresden, The Magic Flute at the Salzburg Festival, Œdipus Rex / Iolanta at the Frankfurt Opera, Diodati. Unendlich by Michael Wertmüller at the Theater Basel, The Queen of Spades at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, La Juive, Alcina and The Marriage of Figaro at the Staatsoper Hannover, Carmen at the Cologne Opera, Les Indes galantes at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, A Dream of Armageddon by Dai Fujikura at the New National Theater Tokyo and La Femme sans ombre at the Baden-Baden Festival. In the 2023-2024 season, she will direct Don Carlos at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Aida at the Frankfurt Opera, Candide at the Theater an der Wien and La Vestale at the Opéra national de Paris.

At the Opéra national de Paris: Salome, 2022

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  • from 09 to 28 May 2024
  • Opéra Bastille
  • from 15 June to 11 July 2024

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