Christine Mielitz, Stage Director

Born in Chemnitz, Christine Mielitz studied Opera Directing at the Hanns Eisler Music Conservatory in Berlin (1968 -1972). From 1973 to 1985 she worked as Assistant and as Executive Assistant at the State Opera Dresden, from 1980 as Stage Director and from 1982 as General Director. Here she staged the world premiere of Abu Said by E. Eyser (1980), Lohengrin by R. Wagner (1981), Rusalka by A. Dvo?ák (1982) and La Bohème by G. Puccini (1983).

In 1985 she became Senior Director of the Semperoper Dresden where i.a. she directed Mozart´s Don Giovanni (1987), Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (1988) and Beethoven’s Fidelio (1989). In 1989 Mielitz was hired as Stage Director of the Komische Oper Berlin, where in 1992 she became Senior Director. In Berlin she staged, among other works, Strauss’ Die schweigsame Frau (1990), Massenet’s Werther (1995), Verdi’s Macbeth (1997) and Puccini’s Turandot (1998). From 1998 to 2002 she was Artistic Director of the Südthüringisches Staatstheater Meiningen. At that time Lady Macbeth of the Mzensk by D. Shostakovich (1999) and The Bartered Bride by B. Smetana (2000) were performed, as well as the much acclaimed production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (2001).

As Guest Director Christine Mielitz staged Lohengrin in Athens (1988) and Madrid (1993), Die schweigsame Frau at the May Festival in Wiesbaden (1992) and Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci in Tokio and Nagoya (1994).

Christine Mielitz worked at many opera houses in Germany and abroad: in Zurich (The Bartered Bride, B. Smetana, 1988), Basel (Rigoletto, G. Verdi, 1996), Toronto (The Bartered Bride, B. Smetana, 1993), at the Edinburgh Festival (The Jacobin, A. Dvo?ák, 1995), in Essen (Tosca, G. Puccini, 1997), Vienna (Peter Grimes, B. Britten, 1996), Salzburg and Karlsruhe (Daphne, R. Strauss, 1999).

In 2002 she directed Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules at the Salzburger Festspiele, Weber’s Freischütz at the Australian Opera in Sydney and Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte during the Mozart Week of the Salzburg International Foundation Mozarteum. In the 2003/2004 season Mielitz staged Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer and Parsifal at the Wiener Staatsoper, in 2005/06 Verdi´s Otello as co-production in Tokio and Vienna, and in 2007/2008 Hoffmann´s Erzählungen by Jacques Offenbach at the Hamburgische Staatsoper.

From 2002 to 2007 Christine Mielitz was Opera Director and thereafter Artistic Director of the Opera Dortmund, where she stayed until the end of 2010. Here she directed Wagner´s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Janá?ek’s Jenufa, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Berg’s Wozzeck, Puccini´s Madama Butterfly, Meyer´s Das Treffen in Telgte and Wagner’s Das Rheingold. During the 2005/2006 and the 2006/2007 seasons she staged Der Ring des Nibelungen, as well as a new production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Verdi’s Rigoletto.

In 2007/2008 Mielitz directed The Bartered Bride and Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci, as well as Fidelio at the Meininger Theater. At the Dortmund Opera in 2008/2009 she staged Tosca, Der junge Lord and Oedipus Rex, in 2009/2010 Lohengrin and Orfeo ed Euridice. In 2008 she opened the first independent Children’s Opera House in Germany and she is member of the Board of Trustees of the Deutsche Bank Foundation „Akademie Musiktheater Heute“.

In the last seasons Christine Mielitz directed Tristan and Isolde in Dortmund, Gogol by Lera Auerbach at the Theater an der Wien, Moskau by Schostakowitsch in Dresden and the world premiere of Wüstung by Samy Moussa in Regensburg.

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