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Luc Bondy

  • Director, Artistic/Stage


Luc Bondy: 1969 assistant director at Hamburg’s Thalia Theatre. 1971 first production in Germany: “The Madman and the Nun” by Stanislaw Witkiewicz at Göttingen Youth Theatre. Works in Nuremberg, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal and Darmstadt followed. His breakthrough came in 1973 with Edward Bond’s “The Sea” at Munich’s Residenztheater. 1974-1976 staff director at Schauspiel Frankfurt; then he mainly worked in Peter Stein’s team at the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer in Berlin, since 1980 also at Schauspiel Cologne.

1977 debut as opera director with Alban Berg’s “Lulu” at the Staatsoper Hamburg. 1984 first directorial work in France with Schnitzler’s “Terre Étrangère/The Vast Domain” at the Théâtre des Amandiers Nanterre; he was awarded the Critics’ Association Grand Theatre Trophy for this. 1985-1988 member of the new management of three at the Berlin Schaubühne after the resignation of Peter Stein. Then he once again worked as a freelance director, but remained contracted to the Schaubühne. In the 1990s he produced many operas, including Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” (1990, Viennese Staatsoper) and “La nozze di Figaro” (1995, Salzburg Festival) as well as Verdi’s “Don Carlos” (1996, Paris), “Macbeth” (1999, Edinburgh Festival) and Philippe Boesman’s “Winter’s Tale” (1999, Brussels). Bondy also wrote the libretto for Philippe Boesman’s opera “Julie” (based on August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie”) and directed its world premiere in 2005 at the Théatre de la Monnaie in Brussels. In 2005, he directed Mozart’s “Idomeneo” with Daniel Harding as conductor at the beginning of Stéphane Lissner’s reign over La Scala in Milan.

In September 1997, Bondy was appointed the head of performing arts at the Vienna Festival, only to become its sole artistic director in 2001; his contract has been extended until 2010.


In 1998 he took over the management of the Vienna Festival with Klaus-Peter Kehr and Hortensia Völckers. Since 2002 sole manager of the Vienna Festival. Bondy made the films “The Ortlieb Women” (1980), “The Vast Domain” (1987) and “Ne fais pas ça!” (2004).

In 2005, he published a volume of autobiography, “My Dibbuks: Memoirs and Reworked Dreams”.