Michael Sturminger – Director and Author
born in Vienna, he graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He is a versatile writer and director of opera and theatre productions as well as feature films. In the course of his colourful career as a director he has worked at renowned venues such as the Wiener Staatsoper, National Theatre Taipeh, Opernhaus Zürich and Oper Köln, amongst many others. He has written and directed “I hate Mozart”, Composer: Bernhard Lang, which had its world premiere at the Theater an der Wien. He directed “Il sogno de Scipione”, Musical Director: Robin Ticciati, which premiered at the Salzburger Festspiele and collaborated with Maestro Valery Gergiev in two productions, “Idomeneo” and “Ariadne auf Naxos”, which premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Since 2014 Michael Sturminger is the Artistic Director of the Sommerspiele Perchtoldsdorf, a venue south of Vienna dedicated to the staging of literary classics every summer.
Michael Sturminger was awarded the Romy for the best screenplay for his film “Casanova Variations”, starring John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Jonas Kaufmann, Barbara Hannigan, Anna Prohaska and Fanny Ardant. For his feature film “Hurensohn” he was awarded at the Max Ophüls Preis. His documentary “Malibran Rediscovered” follows Cecilia Bartoli paying tribute to superstar Maria Malibran. His production of “Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald”, Composer: HK Gruber, had its world premiere at the Bregenzer Festspiele in 2015. Recently he directed “La Sonnambula” at the Münchner Gärtnerplatztheater which was awarded with an AZ Stern.
At the Salzburger Osterfestspiele 2017 Michael Sturminger will direct Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Lohengrin”. “Just Call Me God” is the third collaboration with John Malkovich and Martin Haselböck after “The Infernal Comedy” and “The Giacomo Variations”; both productions went on highly successful tours around the world.