Norwegian director Stefan Herheim was born in Oslo in 1970. He began directing operas with his own puppet theatre aged six. He studied cello while working as a production assistant at Norwegian National Opera, where his father played in the orchestra. He established an opera puppet company that toured Norway, and went on to study stage direction with Götz Friedrich at Hamburg University of Music and the Performing Arts. His productions include Parsifal (Bayreuth Festival), La forza del Destino and Lohengrin (Berlin State Opera), Rusalka (La Monnaie, Brussels), Eugene Onegin (Nederlandse Opera), Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Salome and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Salzburg Festival), Don Giovanni(Essen), Der Rosenkavalier (Stuttgart), Carmen and Manon Lescaut (Graz), Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Tannhäuser and La Bohème (Norwegian National Opera), Xerxes (Komische Oper Berlin), Lulu (Royal Danish Opera) and Le nozze di Figaro (Hamburg State Opera), The Queen of Spades (Royal Opera).
Herheim’s many awards include the 2003 Götz Friedrich Foundation Prize for Opera Production for his production of I puritani (Essen). He was named stage director of the year by Opernwelt in 2006, 2008 and 2010. He has taught as a visiting lecturer at several European academies.
From 2022, Herheim will take over as Intendant of Theater an der Wien.