Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Lydia Steier first moved to Germany as a Fulbright Scholar following her vocal studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.
Steier’s work on The Lesson in Berlin’s HAU and on the multimedia production of Eight Songs for a Mad King, which was presented in Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Mexico, were the first two productions to bring her significant attention.
Following that, Steier directed productions of La clemenza di Tito, and Brundibar for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Lohengrin at Los Angeles Opera, Madame Butterfly in Bremen, and The Merry Widow at the German National Theater Weimar. Her stagings were further invited to festivals in Hong Kong, Dublin and New York.
Based on her productions of Busoni’s Turnadot and Leonvallo’s Pagliacci, she was named by Deutschlandradio Kultur as their „New Discovery of the Year,“ and after its success in Potsdam, her staging of Jeptha was taken on by the Wiener Festwochen.
Steier’s staging of Donnerstag by Karl-Heinz Stockhausen was selected by Opernwelt magazine as the „Best Staging of the 15/16 Season,“ while her productions of Händel’s oratorio Saul at the Staatstheater Oldenburg and Pascal Dusapin’s Perela at the Staatstheater Mainz were nominated for the renowned FAUST-Theater Prize.
Steier’s most recent important works as a director included Giulio Cesare at the Komische Oper Berlin, Turandot at the Cologne Opera, Les Troyens at the Semperoper Dresden, Die Zauberflöte at the Salzburg Festival and Oedipus Rex/Iolante at the Frankfurt Opera, Pique Dame at Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf and Diodati at Theater Basel.
The 2019/20 season include a New Production of La Juive and Alcina at Staatstheater Hannover, Carmen at Oper Köln and Les Indes Galantes at Grand Theatre de Geneve. At Residenztheater in Munich she will direct the play Der Drang of Franz Xaver Kroetz.
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