Stefan Herheim is one of today’s most sought-after and celebrated opera directors, with a repertoire stretching from the Baroque to contemporary works.
He has a musical background, as he studied cello in Oslo and toured Norway with his Puppet Opera Company. He studied with Götz Friedrich at the University of Hamburg, where he graduated in 1999 with a production of The Magic Flute.
Nowadays, he guests in Europe’s leading opera houses and at the major festivals, such as Berlin (La Forza del Destino, Lohengrin, Serse), Oslo (Giulio Cesare, Tannhäuser, La Bohème), Salzburg Festival (The Abduction from the Seraglio, Salome, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Vienna (Madama Butterfly), Graz (Carmen), Bayreuth Festival (Parsifal), Brussels (Rusalka), Stuttgart (Der Rosenkavalier), Copenhagen (Lulu), Dresden (Manon Lescaut), London (I Vespri Siciliani), Bregenz Festival (The Tales of Hoffmann) and Hamburg (The Marriage of Figaro). Opernwelt magazine voted him director of the year in 2006, 2007 and 2010. Herheim lives in Berlin, where he will stage Der Ring des Nibelungen for Deutsche Oper Berlin beginning in the 2020/21 season.