Lydia Steier PortraitFull Name:

Lydia Katherine Steier


US (also holds unlimited work and residence permit in Germany)


Oberlin Conservatory of Music, (B.M. Vocal Performance)
Carnegie Mellon University, (M.F.A. Theater Directing)


LCT Director’s Lab
William J. Fulbright Award
Oberlin Alumni Grant Recipient
Hebbel-am-Ufer 100º Prize for Independent Theater (2005)

Company Affiliations:

Staatsoper Stuttgart
Staatstheater Mainz
Theater St. Gallen
Stadttheater Bern
Theater Heidelberg
Staatstheater Oldenburg
Theater Bremen
Semperoper Dresden
Komische Oper Berlin
Los Angeles Opera
Oper Graz
Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar
Wolf Trap Opera Company
International Contemporary Ensemble


Lydia Steier was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She moved to Berlin in 2002 after receiving a William J. Fulbright award, and has been active as a stage director and choreographer in Europe and the United states since that time.

Her production of Busoni’s rarely performed Turandot, paired with I Pagliacci at the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar earned her directing work the distinction of “new discovery of the year 2009″ by Deutschlandradio Kultur. In the season 2010-2011, Steier directed new productions of Lohengrin for the Los Angeles Opera, Madama Butterfly for Oper Bremen, Lehár’s operette Die Lustige Witwe in Weimar and Händel’s oratorio Saul for the Staatstheater Oldenburg. This Saul earned Steier the nomination for DER FAUST in the category of best director.

The season 2011-2012 featured a new production of Verdi’s Aida to celebrate the new artistic director at the opera in Heidelberg, as well as premieres of a new La Finta Giardiniera (W.A. Mozart) at Munich’s Prinzregententheater and her return to Oldenburg for a new Katja Kabanova. In the season 2012-2013 Steier directed productions for the Staatstheater Mainz, Theater St. Gallen, as well as Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Stadttheater Bern and an original version of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen for Theater Regensburg.

In 2013-2014, Steier will direct the world premiere of Milos Vacek’s Des Kaiser’s neue Kleider for the Komische Oper Berlin as well as Händel’s last oratorio, Jephtha for the Kammerakademie Potsdam with Konrad Junghänel conducting. She will also return to both Bern and Oldenburg for new productions of Ariadne auf Naxos and Albert Herring, respectively.

Steier’s choreography can be seen in productions of Platée and Der fliegende Holländer (Director: Calixto Bieito) and La Juive (Director: Jossi Wieler/Sergio Morabito) at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart, as well as Don Giovanni (Director: Karsten Wiegand) and Elektra (Director: Stephan Märki) at the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar.

In spoken theater, her original staging of Howard Brenton’s Play for the Poor Theatre for The English Theatre, Berlin, earned invitations to festivals in Dublin and New York. In 2005, she was awarded the HAU 100 Prize for Independent Theater in Berlin for her production of Ionesco’s The Lesson. After winning this honor, the production was invited to tour Hong Kong.

Also a passionate advocate for new music, Steier’s multimedia production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King for the International Contemporary Ensemble has been presented in Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Michuacan, Mexico.