Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Artistic Director & Stage Director
Born in Cologne in 1960, Uwe Eric Laufenberg was active as actor and director at Schauspiel Frankfurt, Schauspiel Köln (1990-1993), the Schauspielhaus Zurich, and subsequently as senior director at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin from 1996 to 2000. As from 1993, he guest directed at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, the Residenztheater in Munich and Vienna’s Burgtheater, amongst others. He has mounted opera productions at the Landestheater Linz (“Der Ring des Nibelungen”), the Vienna State Opera (“Elektra”), Dresden’s Semperoper, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Hamburg State Opera. From 2004 to 2009 he was Artistic Director of the Hans Otto Theatre in Potsdam and from 2009 to 2012 at the Oper Köln. With the start of the 2014/2015 season, Laufenberg took up the reigns as Artistic Director of the Hessian State Theatre of Wiesbaden. He inaugurated his tenure with a new production of Richard Strauss’s “Die Frau ohne Schatten”, and worked alongside resident director Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson on the Poulenc / Bartók operatic double bill “The Human Voice” (“La voix humaine”) / “Bluebeard's Castle”, while in the Drama division he directed Thomas Mann’s “Buddenbrooks”. He also adapted his production of Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” – which has been on stage in Potsdam, Cologne and Iraq (Sulaymaniyah) – for Wiesbaden. During the 2015/16 Wiesbaden season, he directed “Otello”, “Così fan tutte” and “Hedda Gabler” after which he brought "Parsifal" to the stage at the Bayreuth Festival. This season, he will direct Wagner's Ring Cycle and the drama "Don Carlos" in Wiesbaden.