Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars ( born September 27, 1957 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American theater director.

Sellars graduated from the prestigious Phillips Academy in Massachusetts in 1975 and then studied at Harvard University literature and music. In 1980 he made ​​his debut in New York as a stage director. Other theater studies, he traveled to Japan, China and India. In 1983 he was MacArthur Fellow. In the same year he became a theater director of the Boston Shakespeare Company and was appointed director of the American Theatre National Theatre in Washington DC 1984. In Boston, he already made ​​a name for himself as a director of the modern interpretation of operas such as Cosi fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro or Don Giovanni. These performances were recorded for American television, and made his name known. In Europe, he went with this opera for the first time on tour.

As a director Sellars was a guest at the Salzburg Festival and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. In 2004, his interpretation of Euripides ' The Children of Heracles " listed at the Vienna Festival. In 2006 he was commissioned by Mozart Year - chief Peter Marboe to organize the " New Crowned Hope" festival in Vienna as part of the Mozart Year.

In 2010, he staged with Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey a staged performance of the St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach with the Berlin Philharmonic. The staging of the St. John Passion by JS Bach was in 2014, also in Berlin with almost the same cast.