Lotte de Beer // Artistic director
With future engagements in opera houses inlcluding, Aalto Theater Essen, The Danish Royal Opera and Dutch National Opera, Lotte de Beer is one of the most sought after stage directors of the young generation. In the four years since she graduated (and won the Ton Lutz award for most promising stage director), she made productions in opera houses all over Europe including Theater an der Wien, De Nationale Opera and Oper Leipzig which received great acclaim of audience and press. The New York Times called her production of Waiting for Miss Monroe (Holland Festival) ‘outstanding’. The magazine Opernwelt described her staging of Eugene Onegin as ‘overwhelming’ ‘entrancingly humorous’ and called it “Welttheater”. As artistic leader of the 25th anniversary of the Muziektheater Amsterdam, she programmed 25 different music theatre productions together with De Nederlandse Opera and Het Nationale Ballet especially meant for new audience groups. It became an overwhelming success with 11.000 visitors in only one weekend.
Her work is often described as intelligent and fresh. The detailed ‘Personenregie’, that is always based upon the music as most important subtext, is one of the returning elements in her stagings She tries to leave the tradition of ‘Regietheater’ behind and searches for different ways in every piece to tell the story to an audience of the 21st century without necessarily forcing it in a ‘modern’ shape. ‘Theatre is communication’, according to the young stage director, ‘so if an audience does not understand what you are portraying, you have to find a different language to tell your story. The search for new audiences is one of the main missions of artists nowadays. If we don’t find a connection with the people for whom we are making our art, we will lose our right to exist. On the other hand, art has a unique position outside the laws of commerce where it can surprise, move, arouse and stimulate without being forced into the iron laws of supply and demand. Making our works accessible without losing its core, that is the challenge of the opera of tomorrow.'
Steven Sloane // Musical Director
American-Israeli conductor Steven Sloane is an internationally renowned musician. He served as music director of the Spoleto Festival, artistic director of Opera North in Leeds and principal conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Steven Sloane has guest conducted many prestigious orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The 2014/15 season marked Steven Sloane’s 20th anniversary with the Bochumer Symphoniker. Under his direction, the ensemble has been transformed into one of Germany’s leading orchestras.
Steven Sloane is a sought-after opera conductor, whose engagements have taken him to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Nozze di Figaro), Los Angeles Opera (Goldenthal: Grendel), San Francisco Opera (Wallace: Bonesetter’s Daughter), Brooklyn Academy of Music (Turnage: Anna Nicole), Houston Grand Opera (The Makropulos Case, The Magic Flute), Welsh National Opera (Iphigenia in Tauris), Stuttgart (Macbeth), as well as to festivals in Hong Kong (Salome), Santa Fe (Katja Kabanova), Edinburgh (Genoveva) and Salzburg (Feldman: Neither). Recent highlights include a new production of The Love for Three Oranges at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Madama Butterfly at the Copenhagen Opera, as well as the pairing of Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Dido and Aeneas at the Frankfurt and L.A. Opera.