Mentorship in Opera Direction with Sommer Ulrickson

Image: Klaus Michalek.

California-born Sommer Ulrickson enjoys a career as choreographer, actor and director, working throughout the US and Europe and regularly receiving state funding and commissions from theatres for the creation of original works and the development of new musical-theatre pieces.

Opera productions in 2017-18 include a new production of Salome directed by Hans Neuenfels at the Berlin Staatsoper, and Handel’s Jephtha (director Claus Guth) at L’opéra national de Paris, a co-production with Dutch National Opera, where is was premiered in the 2016-17 season. Recent work includes Lachenmann’s Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (director David Hermmann), Salome (also with Claus Guth) at the Deutsche Oper, the co-direction of Fidelio at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl in collaboration with sculptor / stage designer Alexander Polzin, as well as Ferne Naehe, a new opera commissioned by Hellerau Festspielhaus in Dresden.

Sommer’s creations include theatre pieces for the Freiekammerspiele Magdeburg, Theater Osnabrück, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Sophiensaele Berlin and the experimental Neuköllner Oper Berlin, including Wagner for Sale, an original theatre piece commissioned for the Wagner anniversary year.  Other recent projects include Creatures of Habit – an original piece for the Gerhart Hauptmann Theater, Goerlitz (2015).