Dirk Schmeding

High­lights 2022/2023



Franz Lehár: CLOCLO | Premiere


Isabel Machado Rios


Dirk Schmeding, born in 1983, studied art and literature in Braunschweig before turning to drama. After various assistantships, in particular at the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Salzburg Festival, Schmeding began work as a music drama director in 2014. His stagings took him to such venues as the Mainfranken Theater in Würzburg, Theater Kiel, Theater St. Gallen, the Darmstadt Staatstheater and the SWR Festival in Schwetzingen.


Important stagings of recent seasons include the first German performance of Dai Fujikura’s Solaris at the Staatstheater in Augsburg, Jaromír Weinberger’s Schwanda the Bagpiper at the Graz Opera, and two highly regarded productions comprising Detlev Glanert’s Caligula at the Nationaltheater in Weimar and Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger at the Braunschweig Staatstheater. His production of the German first performance of Albéric Magnard’s Guercoeur at Theater Osnabrück, unanimously praised by press and public alike, was selected as “Rediscovery of the Year” in the Opernwelt critics’ poll and nominated for the 2020 International Opera Awards.




Karol Szymanowski: KÖNIG ROGER Oper Kiel
Franz Lehár: CLOCLO Staatstheater Braunschweig
29/05/2022 Benjamin Britten: PETER GRIMES Staatstheater Augsburg
12/02/2022 Detlev Glanert: CALIGULA Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar
18/12/2021 Jaromir Weinberger: SCHWANDA THE BAGPIPER Oper Graz
18/09/2021 Sergej Prokofiev: THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES OperKiel
07/07/2021 Johann Strauss II: THE BAT Dutch National Opera Academy
05/03/2021 Antonin Dvorak: RUSALKA (Streaming-Premiere) Staatstheater Braunschweig
14/03/2020 Richard Wagner: DAS RHEINGOLD (canceled) Mainfranken Theater Würzburg
29/09/2019 Richard Strauss: ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Staatstheater Augsburg
15/06/2019 Albéric Magnard: GUERCOEUR Theater Osnabrück
06/04/2019 Mieczyslaw Weinberg: DIE PASSAGIERIN Staatstheater Braunschweig
02/02/2019 Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow / Igor Strawinsky: DER UNSTERBLICHE KASCHTSCHEI / DIE NACHTIGALL Theater St. Gallen
18/05/2018 Dai Fujikura: SOLARIS (German premiere) Staatstheater Augsburg
27/01/2018 Giuseppe Verdi: SIMON BOCCANEGRA Staatstheater Darmstadt
04/03/2017 Leos Janácek: JENUFA Staatstheater Darmstadt
15/11/2015 Leos Janácek: THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN Staatstheater Darmstadt




03.12.2022 - Franz Lehár: CLOCLO, Staatstheater Braunschweig

18.12.2021 - Jaromir Weinberger: SCHWANDA THE BAGPIPER, Oper Graz

12.02.2022 - Detlev Glanert: CALIGULA, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar

29.05.2022 - Benjamin Britten: PETER GRIMES, Staatstheater Augsburg

18.09.2021 - Sergej Prokofiev: THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES, Theater Kiel