Benjamin Prins (born in Lisieux, France 1982) has been directing internationally renown operas since 2012.
Among his latest productions:
- FANTASIO by Offenbach. Cologne Philharmonie, Hague Opera House. Opera Zuid (2019)
- WERTHER by Gounod. National Opera Brunswick (2017)
- THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by Nicolai. Dessau Opera House (2017)
- COSÍ FAN TUTTE by Mozart. Erfurt Opera House (2016)
- BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE by Bartók. Dessau Opera House (2016)
- FAUST by Gounod. Erfurt Opera House (2015)
- THE BEGGAR’S OPERA by Britten. National Opera Montpellier (2013)
After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Law-Political Science and a Masters in Linguistics at the University of Montpellier, he chose to enhance his knowledge of the German language, culture, and musical and theatrical canon and was accepted to the prestigious Austrian University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna. He graduated with honors with a major in Musical Theater Direction (Prof. Reto Nickler).
From 2005-2012, Prins worked alongside some of Europe’s most acclaimed masters of opera and theater as an assistant director in over sixty productions, in France and abroad, among them:
- Olivier Py. HAMLET at the Theater an der Wien, THE POWER OF FATE at the Cologne Opera and THE TROUBADOUR at the Munich Opera Festival
- Johannes Weigand. STIFFELIO at the Fenice of Venice
- Andrei Serban. MANON at the Vienna State Opera
- David Pountney. DER KUHHANDEL at the Volksoper Vienna
- Waut Koeken. PARISIAN LIFE at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg
- Guy Montavon. THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT at the Shanghai Opera
« His culture, both French and Germanic, gives him a much wider field of vision. He has all the qualities of the ideal director. » Olivier Py
As director, Prins’s other notable productions include:
- YOU WHO KNOW WHAT IS LOVE at the Theater of Athénée-Louis Jouvet, reinterpretation of Mozart’s NOZZE DI FIGARO for and with acclaimed mezzo soprano Romie Estèves, which will be reprised in 2020.
- ALL IS LIGHT at the Seine Musicale, a new dramaturgy for the Palais Royal choir, based upon Victor Hugo’s mystic diaries.
Currently in residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, he is writing and elaborating his future productions.
His interest in pedagogy also led him to give masterclasses in the performing arts, notably at the Luxembourg Philharmonie and at Le Parlement de Music directed by Martin Gester.
He is fluent in French, English, German and Italian.