Benjamin Prins

Benjamin Prins

Stage Director

Comedy, fantastic, ancient myths
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«Exceptional and to see absolutely. (...) An excellent and extremely intense evening.»
Deutschland Radio Kultur 29.05.2016 von Franziska StÜrz, about Bluebeards'Castle by Bartok (2018)
«Great joy was felt by everyone. If numerous applauses during the scenes and a big final applause are signs for a successful production, then you have to say: the experiment has been successful. Come, it's worth it"»
21.11.2016, Karl-Heinz Kindervater, About COsi Fan Tutte by Mozart (2018)
«In complete freedom, Prins is brimming with brilliant ideas.»
TA Kultur, 13.04.2105, about Faust by Gounod (2018)


Benjamin Prins was born in 1982 in Lisieux, Normandy, the youngest of three children. As
a teenager, he discovered a passion for the performing arts and
dedicated himself to the study and practice of music, voice, and
In conjunction with his theatrical and musical studies, he also
became well acquainted with German literature—notably Goethe
(Faust, Werther)—as well as with the works of
Shakespeare and the Greek classics. Studying this great span of
literature gave birth to his passion for language.
His writings, translations, and dialogues, in particular his
interpretations of Offenbach, comprise an integral part of his
creative vision.
After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Law and
Political Science in 2005, Prins was graduated with honors from the
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with a major in
Musical Theater Direction.

« His French and Germanic culture gives him a much wider field of vision.»

Prins began his professional artistic life as assistant director to
internationally acclaimed directors including Andrej Serban at the Vienna State Opera, Johannes Weigand
at the Teatro La Fenice, Benedikt von Peter at the Theater an der
Wien, Waut Koeken at Opéra National du Rhin, Guy Montavon at the
Shanghai Opera House, to name a few of the most notable. His
collaboration with Olivier Py in 2012 for the staging of Hamlet
confirmed his ambition to become a director himself.

His first production took him to France,
where he directed The Beggar’s Opera
by Benjamin Britten at L’Opera National de Montpellier. There, in
2014, he also founded his own theater
company, Collectif Faille. With this
collective of select, contemporary artists, he staged and produced
Antigone by Sophocles.

« His taste for comedy, for the fantastic, his theatrical world
of spontaneity and impertinence have already attracted many spectactors. »

For the next several years, Prins traveled the world as a theater director,
gaining special notoriety in Germany for his critically acclaimed spectacles such as Massenet’s
Werther at the Staatstheater Braunschweig (2017), Mozart’s Cosí
fan tutte at the Theater Erfurt (2016),
Bluebeard’s Castle, the opera by Bela Bartok, at
the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau (2016), and Gouod’s Faust
at Theater Erfurt (2015).

 <<A breathtaking journey into the darkness of
Bluebeard's soul, directed by young Frenchman Benjamin Prins…a
luminosity of musical pathos with dark opulence…>>

Prins currently lives in Paris, where he hones his style with local
companies including Le Palais Royal, Le Parlement de Musique, Des
Équilibres, and Les Détours Méta-phoniques, while preparing future
stage projects for internationally renown theaters.

His reinterpretation of Mozart’s
Le Nozze di Figaro for mezzo-soprano and electric guitar is one of the most
anticipated selections of 2019 for the historically significant Paris venue
Théâtre de l’Athénée Louis Jouvet.

Upcoming projects include staging Jacques Offenbach’s romantic opera Fantasio
for the Dutch company Opera Zuid, which will tour in fifteen theaters
in the Netherlands, ending at the Cologne  Philharmonie for
Offenbach’s jubilee year. 

At present, Prins is writing and directing an international
project commissioned by the Luxembourg Philharmonie, an
original adaptation of a masterwork of the Portuguese
Renaissance, The Peregrination by Fernão Mendes Pinto, with
the Ensemble Sete Lágrimas.

He is fluent in French, English, German, and Italian.

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