Hans Neuenfels

Hans New Rock ( born May 31, 1941 in Krefeld ) is a German writer, poet, filmmaker, librettist, stage director and opera director.


Hans Neuenfels studied acting and directing at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna, where he and his future wife, the Austrian actress Elisabeth Trissenaar met, with whom he is married to this day and one son, the cameraman Benedict New rock has. On 2 February 1962 he has been at the stage of sensory perception - Ecumenical Council, founded in the context of the " Studium Universale ", University of Bonn by Gerd Hergenstadt Lubben cultural forum, with his poems " JUMP IN ANOTHER BREATH " competition. Over a year was Hans Neuenfels assistant to Max Ernst and lived with him in Paris.

In 1964 he began directing in the theater at the Naschmarkt in Vienna, worked in Trier, Krefeld and Heidelberg and went in 1972 to Frankfurt, where he spectacle helped to shape ( Medea of Euripides, 1975, Goethe's Iphigenia under the directorship of Peter Palitzsch in the participation model auf Tauris, 1979). He directed, among others, Roger Vitracs Victor or Children in power (in Hamburg with Ulrich Wild Gruber and in Vienna with Klaus Maria Brandauer ), Penthesilea at the Schiller Theater ( Berlin) with Elisabeth Trissenaar, A Midsummer Night's Dream also at the Schiller Theater with Bernhard Minetti, Cathy of Heilbronn at the Vienna Burgtheater with Anne Frank Wedekind's Lulu Renames and 1977 at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich Corso.

1974 with Verdi's Il Trovatore in Nuremberg then began his career as an opera director. Became famous for his 1980 production of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida at the Frankfurt Opera (stage Erich Wonder, conductor Michael Gielen ), and proverbial was New Rock ' decision to show the heroine as a cleaning woman. In Frankfurt, he also staged The Blight of Schreker. His first staging of a Mozart opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio ( in Stuttgart), was awarded the Bavarian Art Prize. Scandals or at least cause a stir produced Le prophète ( Giacomo Meyerbeer ) at the Vienna State Opera, his Nabucco interpretation at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and in the summer of 2001, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss at the Salzburg Festival.

From 1986 to 1990 he was artistic director at the theater of the Freie Volksbühne in West Berlin.

Throughout his life he was active as a writer. Numerous articles have appeared in "Theater heute", in "Die Zeit" and other newspapers. In 1991 he published his first novel " Isaakaros ". A revision of his original material from 1981 - - 2000 his first piece of woman schlemiel and their shadows in the Munich Residenz Theater and his first libretto Giuseppe e Sylvia was with music by Adriana Hölszky at the Stuttgart State Opera premiered its own. For his speech on the Classic, which he delivered at the opening of an antiques exhibition in Berlin, he was honored in 2003 with the orator Cicero price.

His productions in 2004 were Leoš Janáček's The Makropulos Case in Stuttgart (Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling ), Fidelio in Hamburg (Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher ), the premiere of the texted his own opera The snail ( Music: Moritz Eggert ) at the National Theatre Mannheim and Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Komische Oper Berlin. In 2005 he wrote and directed for the Ruhr Triennale an " opera with piano " with the title " Schumann, Schubert and the snow ."

In New rock ' Idomeneo - staging, which had at the Deutsche Oper Berlin premiere in December 2003, there is in the epilogue a scene in which Idomeneo the severed heads of Poseidon, Christ, Mohammed and Buddha brings out a sheet and this is on 4 chairs. After a warning from the State Criminal Police Office informed the German Opera Berlin Idomeneo on 25 September 2006 for fear of Islamist hostility towards this scene from. After violent public protests and a clear signal of the LKA, the opera was performed ( in unmodified production ) but as of December 2006.

Since 2005, New Rock Member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts and since 2006 a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

2010 staged Richard Wagner's Lohengrin New rock at the Bayreuth Festival and Johann Simon Mayr's Medea in Corinto at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

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