Biography

STAGE DIRECTOR

Opera

Download here the Press Portfolio 2020 – Benjamin Prins

Benjamin Prins (born in Lisieux, France 1982) has been directing internationally renown operas since 2012.

Among his latest productions:

  • FANTASIO by Offenbach. Opera Zuid, Cologne Philharmonie, Hague Opera House. (2019)
  • VOUS QUI SAVEZ CE QU’EST L’AMOUR, by Romie Estèves after Mozart, Théâtre de l’Athénée (2019)
  • WERTHER by Gounod. National Opera Brunswick (2017)
  • DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER VON WINDSOR by Nicolai. Dessau Opera House (2017)
  • COSÍ FAN TUTTE by Mozart. Erfurt Opera House (2016)
  • A KÉKSZAKÁLLÚ HERCEG VÁRA by Bartók. Dessau Opera House (2016)
  • FAUST by Gounod. Erfurt Opera House (2015)
  • THE BEGGAR’S OPERA by Britten. National Opera Montpellier (2013)

« Genius abunds here, and grace even more »
Laurent Bury, 04.06.2019 in Forum Opera

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, LA FORZA DEL DESTINO at the Cologne Opera and IL TROVATORE 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. LA VIE PARISIENNE at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg
  • Guy Montavon. LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT at the Shanghai Opera

« A breathtaking journey into the darkness of Bluebeard’s soul, directed by young Frenchman Benjamin Prins…
a luminosity of musical pathos with dark opulence… »
Joachim Lange, 01.05.2016, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

Currently living in Paris after a residency at the Cité internationale des arts, he is writing and elaborating his future productions.

His interest in academics also leads him to regularly give masterclasses in the performing arts, and to conduct pedagogical productions together with Opera Fuoco (David Stern), with Luxembourg Philharmonie (Stefan Gehmacher/Pascal Sticklies) and Le Parlement de Musique (Martin Gester).

He is fluent in French, English, German and Italian.

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Upcoming stage directions

2023
Orpheus in the Underworld, Offenbach, confidential

2022
Manon Lescaut, Puccini, confidential

Haru, Romie Estèves, Compagnie la Marginaire

2021
Gianni Schicchi & Die Glückliche Hand, Puccini-Schönberg, confidential

Le Cabaret du Faune, Romie Estèves, Nicolas Krüger, Compagnie la Marginaire et Opera Zuid
The Old King and the Moon, Prins/Sete Lágrimas, Philharmonie Luxembourg

Crazy Kids Cabaret, Prins, Philharmonie Luxembourg

Recent stage directions

2020
Lady in the Dark, Kurt Weill, Opera Fuoco

2019
Fantasio, Offenbach, Opera Zuid, Maastricht

La Princesse Mystérieuse, Prins/Sete Lágrimas, Philharmonie Luxembourg

Berlioz le Fantastique, Reibel, Le Palais royal, Paris

Tout est lumière, Prins, Le Palais royal, Paris

Vous qui savez ce qu’est l’amour, Romie Estèves after Mozart, Théâtre de l’Athénée

2018
A Christmas Carol, Wolf, after C. Dickens, Philharmonie Luxembourg

The Explorers, Prins, Sete Lágrimas, Philharmonie Luxembourg

The Odyssey, Terzakis after Homer, Anhaltisches Theater Dessau

Tout est Lumière, Prins, Le Palais Royal, Paris

Diana or the Advenging Cupido, Keyser, Génération Baroque

Vous qui savez ce qu’est l’amour, Estèves after Mozart, Compagnie La Marginaire

On va s’arrêter là pour aujourd’hui, Prins, Driant, Estèves, Boliakis, Festival de Saint-Salvadou

2017
The Merry Wives of Windsor
, Nicolai / Shakespeare, Anhaltisches Theater Dessau

Werther, Massenet, Staatstheater Braunschweig

2016
Cosi fan tutte , Mozart / Da Ponte, Theater Erfurt

A kékszakállú herceg vára, Bartok, Theater Dessau

2015
Faust, Gounod, Theater Erfurt

Antigone , Sophokles, Collectif faille