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

Ersan Mondtag

Director, Designer, Visual Artist
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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 production of Langgaard’s Antikrist opened at Deutsche Oper Berlin in January 2022 and will be released on DVD in 2024. Previous highlights also include new productions of Der Freischütz for Staatstheater Kassel and Der Vampyr for Staatsoper Hannover.

Current and future plans include debuts and returns to Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Festival Puccini Torre del Lago, Opera Vlaanderen, Festival di Spoleto, Opéra de Lyon, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Berliner Ensemble, Burgtheater and the Wiener Staatsoper, among others.

In 2024, Mondtag designs the German Pavilion for La Biennale d’Arte di Venezia.


Venice Biennale: Monument eines unbekannten Menschen, Deutscher Pavillon

Puccini/Ravel: Gianni Schicchi/L'heure espagnole, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Büchner: Woyzeck, Berliner Ensemble, Scharoun-Theater Wolfsburg

Brecht/Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper, Narodowy Stary Teatr im. Heleny Modrzejewskiej, Kraków

Seneca/Racine/Jonigk: Phaedra (World Premiere), Schauspiel Köln

Mondtag: Geschwister (World Premiere), Maxim Gorki Theater

Langgaard: Antikrist, Deutsche Oper Berlin

Marschner: Der Vampyr, Staatsoper Hannover

Weber: Der Freischütz, Staatstheater Kassel

Weill: Der Silbersee, Opera Vlaanderen

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

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

Schreker: Der Schmied von Gent, Opera Vlaanderen

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

Bach, Olga: Dr Alıcı (World Premiere), Münchener Kammerspiele

Wilde, Oscar: Salome, Maxim Gorki Theater

Bach, Olga: Das Erbe (World Premiere), Münchener Kammerspiele

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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