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Hans Neuenfels

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Name  Hans Neuenfels
Books  Isaakaros: Roman
Education  Max Reinhardt Seminar

Spouse  Elisabeth Trissenaar
Role  Writer
Children  Benedict Neuenfels
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Movies  Heinrich Penthesilea von Kleist, Das Blinde Ohr der Oper, Die Schwarmer
Similar People  Elisabeth Trissenaar, Benedict Neuenfels, Valerie Koch

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Hans Neuenfels (born 31 May 1941, Krefeld) is a German writer, poet, film producer, librettist, theatre director and opera director.


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Neuenfels studied at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna in the 1960s, and in the 1970s he quickly established himself as a leading practitioner of German Regietheater. Being invited to prominent venues, such as the Burgtheater, his productions were often controversially received, but he worked at the same time with well-known actors such as Klaus Maria Brandauer, Bernhard Minetti and Anne Bennent.

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His opera productions have often been accompanied by heated discussions and scandals. In particular his version of Aida in 1980 for Frankfurt, conducted by Michael Gielen, in which he portrayed Verdi's Ethiopian slave as a cleaning woman in a contemporary setting, or his Fledermaus in 2001 for the Salzburg Festival, which provoked angry reactions and resentment.

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Neuenfels has been criticised for creating extremely sexually explicit opera scenes. Soprano Karita Mattila criticised him in 2000 for a Salzburg production of Mozart's Così fan tutte in which huge insects and background videos, some of them erotic, distracted attention from the singers; during Fiordiligi's fiery aria "Come scoglio", Mattila arrived onstage walking two men, in leather and chains, as if they were dogs. She called that the worst experience and said she believed Neuenfels had crossed the line.

Later, in December 2003, Neuenfels' production of Mozart's Idomeneo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin included a scene in which the title character staggers on stage carrying the severed heads of Neptune, Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed. After the police warned that the production might present a security risk, the opera house cancelled future performances, planned for September 2006. Following protests that the opera house was engaging in self-censorship, its manager, Kirsten Harms, rescheduled those performances for December 2006; see 2006 Idomeneo controversy.

Neuenfels debuted at the Bayreuth Festival with Wagner's Lohengrin, conducted by Andris Nelsons. This production set the opera in a laboratory and featured chorus members costumed as lab rats. Its premiere, on 25 July 2010, caused an audience reaction ranging from enthusiastic applause to irate booing. According to Der Spiegel, Neuenfels merely smiled and shrugged after taking his curtain calls.

Personal life

While studying in Vienna, Neuenfels became acquainted with Austrian actress Elisabeth Trissenaar, whom he subsequently married. Their son, Benedict Neuenfels, is a cinematographer. They live in Berlin and own a summer residence in Altaussee.


  • Poems (1960)
  • Mundmündig (1963)
  • Isaakaros (1991)
  • Neapel oder die Reise nach Stuttgart (2001)
  • Filmography

  • 1983: Heinrich Penthesilea von Kleist
  • 1983: Die Familie oder Schroffenstein
  • 1984: Die Schwärmer
  • 1988: Europa und der zweite Apfel (TV)
  • 1990: Das Blinde Ohr der Oper
  • 1999: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (TV)
  • 2001: Die Fledermaus (TV)
  • References

    Hans Neuenfels Wikipedia