Hermann Schneider, stage director
Hermann Schneider was born in Cologne in 1962. He studied German language and literature, Philosophy, Music- und Theatre studies in Tübingen and Munich. Between 1993 and 1995 Hermann Schneider was chief dramatic advisor, stage-director and temporary director of the Stadttheater Eisenach. Between 1996 and 2001 he led the opera-studio of the Deutschen Oper am Rhein under the general manager Prof. Tobias Richter. Since the 2004/2005 season Hermann Schneider is general director of the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg. From 2016/17 he will be general manager of Landestheater Linz.
Already during his studies he assisted in drama and opera. As an assistant stage-director (in Kaiserslautern, Aachen, Gelsenkirchen and Düsseldorf) he worked together with Robert Carsen and Willy Decker amongst others. After finishing his studies director Klaus Schultz contracted him for the Stadttheater Aachen in 1987. In 1990 he made his debut as a stage-director with Hänsel und Gretel there. Since then he has made more than 45 opera-stagings, in Aachen, Dessau, Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Eisenach, London, Lübeck, Opera Festival Heidenheim, Hof, Rudolstadt, Weimar, Wien, Würzburg and at the Schlossfestspiele Zwingenberg. Besides the classical repertoire and the classical modernity (Hartmann, Ravel, Strawinsky, Weill) he especially focuses on the contemporary music-theatre. He staged five world-premieres (u.a. Cage, Kagel). His production of Franz Hummel’s Beuys in 1998 at the Deutschen Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf was invited to the Wiener Festwochen.
Recent stagings include Verdi’s Macbeth at Opera Festival Heidenheim (2015), Britten’s Death in Venice at Opéra de Nice (2015/16). At Landestheater Linz he will stage Michael Obst’s opera Solaris in 2016/17.
Besides the theatre-work Hermann Schneider is very interested in pedagogics: after teaching-assignments at the Musikhochschule Cologne (Dept. Aachen) and at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule for Music in Düsseldorf, Guest-workshops led him to the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Between 2001 and 2004 he held a professorship at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar and was appointed Head of the opera-department. Since 2009 he is teaching scenic education at Musikhochschule Würzburg.
Another spezial focus of his artistic work is writing, especially Libretti. He works together with renowned composers such as Reinhard Febel, Jörg Herchet, Michael Obst, Anton Plate, Klaus Schulze and Gerhard Stäbler.