From: Hamburg, Germany. LA Opera: La Cenerentola (2020, debut).
Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach studied American and German literature, art history and education at the University of Hamburg, where he also took his doctorate in an interdisciplinary study of Gertrude Stein, Sherwood Anderson and modern art. After studying in Cornell, Yale and Berkeley, he was appointed junior professor of American studies at the University of Hamburg in 2008 and taught there until 2012.
From 2012 to 2015, he acted as chief dramaturg at the Aalto Theater Essen and is now a freelance dramaturg and art and cultural lecturer. As a production dramaturg, he has collaborated closely with director Stefan Herheim for productions including Tannhäuser, La Bohème and La Cenerentola in Oslo; La Forza del Destino and Lohengrin in Berlin; Lulu in Copenhagen, Oslo and Dresden, Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades in Amsterdam; Salome and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Salzburg Festival; Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival; Xerxes in Berlin, Graz and Düsseldorf; Manon Lescaut in Graz, Dresden and Essen; and Les Vêpres Siciliennes in London.
He has also collaborated with director Karoline Gruber since 2008, for productions including Ariadne auf Naxos in Leipzig, Elegy for Young Lovers in Essen, Don Giovanni in Düsseldorf and The Gambler in Vienna.
Upcoming projects with Stefan Herheim include Pelléas et Mélisande at the Glyndebourne Festival, Offenbach's Bluebeard at the Komische Oper Berlin and Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.