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 Deutsches Nationaltheater 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 include Giulio Cesare at the Komische Oper Berlin, Turandot at the Oper Köln, Les Troyens at the Semperoper Dresden, Die Zauberflöte at the Salzburger Festspiele, Oedipus Rex/Iolante at the Oper Frankfurt, the world premiere of Diodati.Unendlich (Michael Wertmüller and Dea Loher) at the Theater Basel, Pique Dame at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, La Juive and Alcina at the Staatsoper Hannover, Carmen at the Oper Köln and Les Indes Galantes at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
In the 2020/21 season she will be leading Dai Fujikura’s A Dream of Armageddon at the New National Theatre Tokyo, Aida at the Oper Frankfurt and La Fanciulla del West at the Staatsoper Berlin.
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