Born in 1981 in The Netherlands, opera director Lotte de Beer has shown her formidable talent from a young age.
Educated in singing, acting, piano and theatre directing at the Amsterdam University of the Arts, she received the 2009 Ton Lutz award for young directors the year she graduated — and quickly made a name for herself on the European music theater scene.
Since then, she has been at the helm of a number of impressive productions across Europe, including Henze’s Boulevard Solitude at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, Massenet’s Manon at Opera Zuid, Georges Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles and Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans at the Theater an der Wien, Puccini’s Il trittico at the Bavarian State Opera, Berg’s Lulu at Leipzig Opera, Tchaikovsky’s Onegin in Bielefeld, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Verdi’s Falstaff at Malmö Opera, Handel’s Alcina at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Rossini’s Mosé in Egitto in Bregenz.
In 2010, de Beer and conductor Steven Sloane launched Operafront, a company aimed at connecting younger audiences to the art form, in Amsterdam. With de Beer as artistic director, Operafront’s productions include Moonstruck Intoxication (a triple bill with works by Henze, Schönberg and Maxwell Davies) and Caliban (a world première based on Shakespeare, composed by Moritz Eggert).
De Beer’s recent accolades include the Newcomer award at the 2015 International Opera Awards and the Distinguished Artist award from the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) in 2018. In 2020, she was nominated for Best Director at the International Opera Awards.
This year, de Beer is set to direct Le Nozze di Figaro at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and from September 2022 she will step into a new role as Director of the Vienna Volksoper.