Lydia Steier

Lydia Steier

Stage Director

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Lydia Steier (1978) was born in Hartford, Connecticut. After completing degrees in Vocal Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and in directing at Carnegie Mellon University, she moved to Berlin in 2002 on a William J. Fulbright award. She is considered one of the leading operatic stage directors of her generation.

Upcoming projects include a new production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte which will open the Salzburger Festspiele in 2018. 

Steier’s production of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s epic Donnerstag aus LICHT was selected as Opernwelt’s Production of the Year in 2016. Other honors include two nominations for Germany’s prestigious Faust-Prize: for her productions of Pascal Dusapin's Perelà for the Staatsoper Mainz in 2015 and of Händels oratorio Saul for the Oldenburgische Staatsoper in 2012.

Her 2009 production of Busoni’s rarely performed Turandot, paired with I Pagliacci at the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar launched her career and earned Steier the distinction of “new discovery of the year′′ by Deutschlandradio Kultur. Notable new productions in the intervening time include Berlioz’s Les Troyens at the Semperoper Dresden, Händel’s Jephtha at the Wiener Festwochen and Händel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto at Berlin's Komische Oper and Alcina for Oper Basel, Lohengrin for the Los Angeles Opera, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail und Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo für Theater Bern, Verdi’s Aida and Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer in Heidelberg, Madama Butterfly for Oper Bremen, Lehár's operette Die Lustige Witwe in Weimar, Katja Kabanova and Albert Herring in Oldenburg and acclaimed original version of Purcell's Fairy Queen in Regensburg.

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