Stefan Herheim

Herheim, Stefan © Lisa Edi


One of the most sought-after opera directors of his generation, Stefan Herheim assumes overall responsibility for the MusikTheater an der Wien, the stagione opera house of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, from the 2022/23 season.


Following training as a cellist and singer and numerous engagements, including at the opera in his native city of Oslo, Herheim studied opera direction under Götz Friedrich at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.


The repertoire that Herheim has brought to many opera stages and leading festivals in cooperation with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Adam Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano and Simon Rattle ranges from early Baroque opera to contemporary musical theatre.


He has won numerous international awards and has emerged as “director of the year” three times from the critics’ surveys organised by Opernwelt magazine.


Herheim regularly teaches at European universities and also acts as a judge at international competitions. Since 2018, he has been a professor at the Norwegian National Academy of Opera.


At this year's Opera Awards 2022 ceremony at the Teatro Real Madrid, Stefan Herheim was awarded the prize in the director category. 


Selection of productions directed by Stefan Herheim

Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti) – MusikTheater an der Wien, 2022

The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček) – MusikTheater an der Wien, 2022

Peter Grimes (Britten) – Bavarian State Opera, 2022

Der Ring des Nibelungen (Wagner) – Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2020-2021

Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy) – Glyndebourne Festival 2018

Barbe-bleue (Offenbach) – Komische Oper Berlin, 2018

Wozzeck (Berg) – Deutsche Oper am Rhein, 2017

La Cenerentola (Rossini) – Norwegian National Opera, 2017

The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky) – Dutch National Opera, 2016

Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart) – Hamburg State Opera, 2015

Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach) – Bregenz Festival 2015

Les Vêpres siciliennes (Verdi) – Royal Opera House Covent Garden, 2013

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner) – Salzburg Festival 2013

Manon Lescaut (Puccini) – Graz Opera, 2012

Serse (Handel) – Komische Oper Berlin, 2012

La Bohème (Puccini) – Norwegian National Opera, 2012

Salome (Strauss) – Salzburg Easter Festival 2011

Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) – Dutch National Opera, 2011

Lulu (Berg) – The Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen, 2010

Tannhäuser (Wagner) – Norwegian National Opera, 2010

Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss) – Stuttgart State Opera, 2009

Lohengrin (Wagner) – Berlin State Opera, 2009

Rusalka (Dvořák) – The Royal Theatre of la Monnaie Brussels, 2008

Parsifal (Wagner) – Bayreuth Festival 2008 - 2012

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Aalto-Theater Essen, 2007

Carmen (Bizet) – Graz Opera, 2006

Das Rheingold (Wagner) – Latvian National Opera, 2006

La Forza del destino (Verdi) – Berlin State Opera, 2005

Giulio Cesare (Handel) – Norwegian National Opera, 2005

Madama Butterfly (Puccini) – Volksoper Vienna, 2004

Don Carlo (Verdi) – Landestheater Linz, 2003

The Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart) – Salzburg Festival 2003 - 2006

I Puritani (Bellini) – Aalto-Theater Essen, 2002

Marlowe – The Jew of Malta (Werner), Munich Biennale, 2002

Così fan tutte – Folkoperan Stockholm, 2002

Tannhäuser (Wagner) – Landestheater Linz, 2001

Falstaff (Verdi) – Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, 2000

Über Frauen - über Grenzen (various) – Munich Biennale, 2000

Così fan tutte (Mozart) – Vanemuine Theater Estonia, 2000

The Magic Flute (Mozart) –Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, 1999