Hermann Schneider was born in Cologne in 1962. He studied German language and literature, Philosophy, Music- und
Theatre studies in Tübingen and Munich. Already during his studies he assisted in drama and opera. As an assistant
stage-director (in Kaiserslautern, Aachen, Gelsenkirchen and Düsseldorf) he worked together with Robert Carsen and Willy Decker amongst
finishing his studies director Klaus Schultz contracted him for the
Stadttheater Aachen in 1987. In 1990 he made his debut as a stage-director with
Hänsel und Gretel there. Since then he
has made more than 45 opera-stagings, in Aachen, Dessau, Darmstadt,
Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Eisenach, London, Lübeck, Rudolstadt, Weimar, Wien, Würzburg and at the Schlossfestspiele Zwingenberg. Besides the
classical repertoire and the classical modernity (Hartmann, Ravel, Strawinsky,
Weill) he especially focuses on the contemporary music-theatre. He staged five
world-premieres (u.a. Cage, Kagel). His production of Franz Hummel’s Beuys in 1998 at the Deutschen Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf was
invited to the Wiener Festwochen.
1993 and 1995 Hermann Schneider was chief dramatic advisor, stage-director and
temporary director of the Stadttheater Eisenach. Between 1996 and 2001 he led
the opera-studio of the Deutschen Oper am
Rhein under the general manager Prof. Tobias Richter.
the theatre-work Hermann Schneider is very interested in pedagogics: after
teaching-assignments at the Musikhochschule Cologne (Dept. Aachen) and at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule for Music in
Düsseldorf, Guest-workshops led him to the Mozarteum
in Salzburg. Between 2001 and 2004 he held a professorship at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar and was appointed Head
of the opera-department.
spezial focus of his artistic work is writing, especially Libretti. He works together
with renowned composers such as Reinhard Febel, Jörg Herchet, Michael Obst,
Anton Plate, Klaus Schulze and Gerhard Stäbler.
the 2004/2005 season Hermann Schneider is general director of the Mainfranken
Theater Würzburg where he staged Verdi’s Rigoletto,
Gounod’s Faust, Wagner’s Tannhäuser and the world-premiere of Letzte Dinge by Gerhard Stäbler amongst
others. In drama he staged Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus
and Georg Trakl’s Blaubart. For his
young theatre-visitors he produced Peter Lund’s Hexe Hillary geht in die Oper.
2009/10 he satged Eumeniden, the
third part of Aischylo’s Orestie. Further
more he co-produced Mozart’s Cosi fan
tutte together with Marcus Bosch in Lübeck. In 2011 Hermann Schneider staged LaCenerentola
and Die Erzählung der Magd Zerline
in Würzburg and Beethoven’s Fidelio
at the Festspiele Heidenheim.