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Gottfried Pilz

  • Director, Artistic/Stage


With them Gottfried Pilz has designed such works as Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, Hindemith’s Neues vom Tage, Krenek’s Der Sprung über den Schatten, Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules (world premiere), Henze’s Die Bassariden, Nixon in China by John Adams, and Irrelohe and Der singende Teufel by Franz Schreker.
With Götz Friedrich he staged a Ring cycle in Helsinki, as well as George Enescu’s Oedipe, and with George Tabori a production of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron. For the Hollywood director William Friedkin he created a double bill of Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for LA Opera in 2002, where he had previously directed and designed The Queen of Spades in 2001.
Since 1993 Mr. Pilz has also been a stage director, among his major ventures being the German premiere of Messiaen’s St. François d’Assise (Leipzig Opera) and Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades for the inaugural season of Plácido Domingo as General Director of the Washington Opera, as well as Peter Ruzicka’s Celan at the Mainz Stadttheater. He is known as well for his “Todesprojekt,” a scenic realization of In hora mortis (music by Hans-Jürgen von Bose after texts by Thomas Bernhard) and the staging of Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln by Franz Schmidt.
Gottfried Pilz has also created children’s books and many exhibitions.