German academic Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 as dramaturg for Les Vêpres siciliennes, directed by Stefan Herheim.
Meier-Dörzenbach was born in Hamburg in 1971 and studied American and German literature, art history and education at the University of Hamburg, where he also took his doctorate in an interdisciplinary study of Gertrude Stein, Sherwood Anderson and modern art. He was assistant professor of American Studies there 2008–12. As a dramaturg he works regularly with Herheim, including on his productions of Parsifal (Bayreuth Festival), Tannhäuser and La bohème (Norwegian National Opera), La forza del destino and Lohengrin (Berlin State Opera), Lulu (Copenhagen, Oslo and Dresden), Eugene Onegin (Nederlandse Opera) and Salome and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Salzburg Festival). He also often collaborates as a dramaturg with director Karoline Gruber, on her productions of Ariadne auf Naxos (Leipzig), Elegie für junge Liebende (Essen) and Don Giovanni (Düsseldorf), among others.
Meier-Dörzenbach has taught dramaturgy at the Hamburg Hochscule für Angewandte Wissenschaften. In 2013 he was appointed chief dramaturg at the Aalto Theatre, Essen, and began his position with David Hermann’s production of Verdi’s Macbeth, designed by Christof Hetzer.
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