Florentine Klepper

Stage Director

“This vicious circle leads the protagonist deeper into a dilemma, which director Florentine Klepper wraps into images of simplicity and arresting intimacy.”

- Der Bund (Katja Kabanova, Konzert Theater Bern, May 2018) -


Florentine Klepper is a theatre and opera stage director, who is equally at home in contemporary and classical opera repertoire.

Ms. Klepper stages Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl in 2019-20 and creates a new production of Eötvös’ Angels in America, an adaptation of Tony Kushner’s play, for Staatstheater Braunschweig. She brings Georges Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence to the stage of Theater St. Gallen and her production of Julietta by Bohuslav Martinů is revived at Oper Frankfurt.

In the 2018-19 season she debuted in France with Bizet’s Carmen at Opéra de Dijon. She also returned to Oper Graz to stage Strauss’ Salome and to Oper Frankfurt to create a production of Smetana’s Dalibor. Her productions of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and Richard Strauss’ Arabella were also revived at the Semperoper Dresden.

In the 2017-18 season she directed Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Klagenfurt and Janáček’s Katya Kabanova in Bern. In 2014 Ms. Klepper staged Arabella, a co-production between the Semperoper Dresden and the Salzburger Osterfestspiele, conducted by Christian Thielemann. The same year she created a version of Telemann’s Orpheus oder die wunderbare Beständigkeit der Liebe for Oper Frankfurt in collaboration with conductor Titus Engel. She returned to Oper Frankfurt in 2015, directing Julietta by Bohuslav Martinů under the baton of Sebastian Weigle. This production was selected by the German opera magazine Opernwelt as “rediscovery of the year”. She also celebrated her debut at Oper Graz with Schreker’s Der ferne Klang and staged Korngold’s Die tote Stadt at Theater Freiburg. In 2016, she returned to her affinity for contemporary music with the production of Hanjo by Toshio Hosokawa in collaboration with the conductor Kevin John Edusei at Konzert Theater Bern. Other recent engagements include Händel’s Giulio Cesare at Theater Freiburg und Bellini’s Norma at Oper Graz.

Furthermore, she created a production of Mozart’s Zaide for Staatsoper Stuttgart in 2008 and for the Semperoper Dresden staged Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in 2011 and Der fliegende Holländer in 2013. From 2009-2011 she was engaged as director in residence at Theater Basel. Remarkable productions during her residency there include Verbrennungen by Wajdi Mouawad, Hexenjagd by Arthur Miller, Das Geisterschiff by Maxi Obexer and Utopia – Vom besten Zustand/eine szenische Installation. She also produced works for the stage at Staatstheater Stuttgart, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg (including Mittwinter by Zinnie Harris).

Notable productions of contemporary works she has staged include Majakowskis Tod by Dieter Schnebel and Intolleranza 1960 by Luigi Nono for the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich. Among others, she directed world premieres at the Luzerner Theater and at the festivals aDevantgarde and Festspiel plus in Munich. Furthermore, she created the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s Monologe für Zwei during the Munich Biennale. Her production of the opera Wasser by Arnulf Herrmann was developed in cooperation with Oper Frankfurt, the Munich Biennale and Ensemble Modern, and was performed in Munich and Frankfurt in 2012.

Florentine Klepper studied theatre and opera directing in Zurich and Munich. Since the beginning of her career she has maintained a close collaboration with the stage and costume designers Martina Segna und Adriane Westerbarkey.

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General Management:
Thomas Channell
M: +49 (0)171 212 6728
E: tc@channellarts.com

Bei der Premiere (…) zeigte die Inszenierung von Florentine Klepper: Gallien, Rom, Krieg, Frieden, Vertrauen, Verrat, Liebe, Tod: Das ist überall.

Kleine Zeitung (Norma, Oper Graz, May 2017)

Raumdramaturgie und Personenführung von Regisseurin Florentine Klepper sind intensiv. Da stimmt jedes Detail ihrer vielen Ideen auch beim punktgenauen, stimmigen Licht.

Kurier (Der Ferne Klang, Oper Graz, September 2015)


Photo Credit: Wolf Silveri