Flying Robert, 2014, 156.6 x 86.6 cm, Oil on Board (detail) View full image

Alexander Polzin

Visual Artist, Director, Designer
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Born in East Berlin in 1973, Alexander Polzin originally trained as a stonemason. He launched his international career as a sculptor, painter, and stage designer in 1991, building on the single success of his first exhibition in Berlin’s Kulturhaus Pankow four years earlier.

Polzin has worked extensively as a stage designer for dance, opera and theatre. His designs have been created for, among others, the Teatro Real Madrid (Pilar Jurado, La página en blanco, 2011, The Conquest of Mexico, 2013 and Lohengrin, February 2014), Salzburg Easter Festival and Beijing Music Festival, (Parsifal, 2013). Polzin's pictorial representation of Bernstein’s second symphony The Age of Anxiety for Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and a visualisation of Grieg’s Peer Gynt for Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, were premiered in 2014.

He made his directing debut at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl with Fidelio also in 2014; in 2015 Polzin designed a new production of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride for Grand Théâtre de Genève and Mauricio Sotelo’s El público received its world premiere at Teatro Real Madrid. In June 2016, Grand Théâtre de Genève presented Polzin’s new production of Verdi’s Falstaff at its temporary home, L’Opéra des Nations. In May 2017 La Monnaie / De Munt closed their 2017 season with Verdi’s Aida featuring set designs by Polzin.

Mozart: Mitridate, Royal Danish Opera, Malmö Opera, 2022

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels, 2019

Verdi: Aida, La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels, 2017

Was bleibet aber, stiften die Dichter: Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin, 2016

Verdi: Falstaff, Grand Théâtre de Genève, 2016

Alexander Polzin and György Kurtág: Documents of an artistic Friendship, Aldeburgh Festival, 2016

Hommage à Paul Celan, Anne Frank Garden, Paris, 2016

Sotelo: El público (World Premiere), Teatro Real, Madrid, 2015

Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop, 2015

Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride, Grand Théâtre de Genève, 2015

Grand Théâtre de Genève, 2015

Beethoven: Fidelio, Tiroler Festspiele Erl, 2014

Wagner: Lohengrin, Teatro Real, Madrid, 2014

Rihm: The Conquest of Mexico, Teatro Real, Madrid, 2013

Wagner: Parsifal, Salzburg Easter Festival, 2013

Jurado: La Pagina en blanco, Teatro Real, Madrid, 2011


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