Langgaard's Antikrist at Deutsche Oper Berlin (2022). Photo: Thomas Aurin (detail) View full image

Ersan Mondtag

Director, Designer
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Completely crude, truly ingenious, and absolutely cutting edge

rbb24, Antikrist, Deutsche Oper Berlin

Director Ersan Mondtag has one of the most distinctive theatrical visions of recent generations, which he brings to life through stunning stage and costume designs. In recent years he has successfully transferred these artistic sensibilities to opera, breaking new ground in the possibilities of the form and winning critical acclaim.

Mondtag made his opera debut in 2020 with Schreker’s Der Schmied von Gent for Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp and Ghent, a co-production with Nationaltheater Mannheim. The following season he returned to Opera Vlaanderen to direct Der Silbersee, in a co-production with Opéra national de Lorraine.

His new production of Langgaard’s Antikrist opened at Deutsche Oper Berlin in January 2022 and returns there in February 2023. Other highlights in 2022 have included new productions of Der Freischütz for Staatstheater Kassel and Der Vampyr for Staatsoper Hannover.

Mondtag: Geschwister (World Premiere), Maxim Gorki Theater, 2022

Langgaard: Antikrist, Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2022

Marschner: Der Vampyr, Staatsoper Hannover, 2022

Weber: Der Freischütz, Staatstheater Kassel, 2022

Weill: Der Silbersee, Opera Vlaanderen, 2021

Mondtag: It's going to get worse (World Premiere), Maxim Gorki Theater, 2021

Köck, Thomas: wagner – der ring des nibelungen (a piece like fresh chopped eschenwood) (World Premiere), Berliner Ensemble, 2021

Schreker: Der Schmied von Gent, Opera Vlaanderen, 2020

Berg, Sibylle: Hass-Triptychon - Wege aus der Krise (World Premiere), Wiener Festwochen, Maxim Gorki Theater

Wilde, Oscar: Salome, Maxim Gorki Theater

Mondtag: De Living (World Premiere), NT Gent, National Theatre Prague, Teatro Piccolo Milan, La Villette, Romaeuropa Festival, HAU Berlin

Kerlin & Seier: Das Internat, Schauspiel Dortmund, Theatertreffen

Bach, Olga: Die Vernichtung (World Premiere), Konzert Theater Bern, Schauspiel Köln, Theatertreffen

Mondtag: Tyrannis (World Premiere), Staatstheater Kassel, Theatertreffen

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