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Maurice Lenhard initially studied singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt and went on to study music theatre and opera directing at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg with Willy Decker and Philipp Himmelmann.
His work as a director has taken him to companies including the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Aschaffenburg State Theatre, the Rüsselsheim Theatre and the Belvedere Studio Theatre Weimar.
Since 2018 he has also worked as a dramaturg. From 2018 to 2020 Maurice Lenhard was assistant director at the Stuttgart State Opera, where he worked with directors including Lotte de Beer and Marco Štorman. He also directed his own productions, including Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Présence – Ballet blanc at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, and a touring production of Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale, nominated for a special pandemic prize at the OPUS Klassik awards.
From 2020 to 2022 Maurice Lenhard worked as a dramaturg as part of Ballett am Rhein’s artistic team, under the direction of Demis Volpi. From the season 2022/23, he has been the artistic director of the newly founded opera studio of Vienna Volksoper, where in November he will stage his new production of Die Dreigroschenoper.
He has a long-term working partnership with the director Lydia Steier, with whom he has worked on productions including Rameau’s Les Indes galantes in Geneva, A Dream of Armageddon in Tokyo and, in 2018, Die Zauberflöte in Salzburg Festival.
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