Jürgen Flimm grew up in Cologne and studied there theatre science, german studies and sociology. In 1968 he became assistant director at the Münchner Kammerspiele and after that resident stage director at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and in 1973 resident ...
Jürgen Flimm grew up in Cologne and studied there theatre science, german studies and sociology. In 1968 he became assistant director at the Münchner Kammerspiele and after that resident stage director at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and in 1973 resident stage director at the Thalia Theater Hamburg. In 1979 he became artistic director of the Kölner Schauspiel and in 1985 he returned to the Thalia Theater Hamburg as general director which he ran for 15 years and made to one of Germany’s most successful theatres, artistically and economically.
Luigi Nono’s Al gran sole carico d’amore in 1978 was his first piece of opera work in Frankfurt. 1981 he staged Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Hamburg Staatsoper and in 1990 Così fan tutte in Amsterdam. For this production he worked with Nikolaus Harnoncourt for the first time, who has been his most important artistic partner since. Jürgen Flimm has worked at La Scala Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Zurich Opera House as well as at the Vienna Staatsoper and the Hamburg Staatsoper, staging works by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Verdi, Gounod, Stravinsky, Cerha, Schreker, among others. In the summer of 2000 he directed a new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle at the Bayreuth Festival, in October 2000 he directed Beethoven’s Fidelio at the MET, in June 2002 he staged the world premiere of Friedrich Cerha’s Der Riese vom Steinfeld at the Vienna Staatsoper and in March 2004 he directed Richard Strauss’ Salome at the MET.
In 1987 Jürgen Flimm first worked at the Salzburg Festival directing Raimund’s Der Bauer als Millionär. In the following years he directed Nestroy’s Das Mädl aus der Vorstadt, Hofmannsthal’s Der Schwierige, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Purcell’s King Arthur, Mozart’s Lucio Silla and Rossinis Moïse et Pharaon.
2010 he staged the new production of Wissen Sie, wie man Töne reinigt? Satiesfactionen in the Werkstatt of the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater and in 2011 Händel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater. In May 2012 he staged Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at the Vienna Staatsoper and in June 2014 Salvatore Sciarrinos Macbeth on the building site of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin. In October 2014 Jürgen Flimm staged Giacomo Puccinis Manon Lescaut at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Jürgen Flimm was a professor at the University of Hamburg and is a member of the Academies of the Arts in Hamburg, Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt; he holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Hildesheim. He has received prizes and awards including the Grimme Prize, the Medal for the Arts and Sciences of the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Konrad-Wolf-Prize of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin, the Max-Brauer-Prize of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation F.V.S., the German Federal Cross of Merit as well as the Austrian Cross of Honor for Arts and Science and the Award of Honor of the State of Salzburg.
From 1999 to 2003 Jürgen Flimm was President of the German Stage Association, from 2002 to 2004 head of drama at the Salzburg Festival. From 2005 to 2008 he took over the Ruhrtriennale as artistic director. From 2007 until 2010 he was the artistic director of the Salzburg Festival. Since September 2010 he took over the position of the Director at the Berlin Staatsoper im Schiller Theater.
Book publications, among others:
Götterdämmerung, Propyläen Verlag 2000
Der Theatergänger, Steidl Verlag 2004
Theaterbilder, Steidl Verlag 2008
Die gestürzte Pyramide, Müry Salzmann Verlag 2010
Das Salzburger Kapitel, Müry Salzmann Verlag 2010
Photo: Doris Spiekermann-Klaas