Johanna Dombois


Born in 1967 in Berlin is an opera director and author. She produces experimental music theatre and media art inter alia in cooperation with Young Vic London (1987-89), the Academy of Arts Berlin (1993/94, Nederlandse Opera (1998), State theatre Kassel (1999), Semperoper Dresden (2000), Fraunhofer Institute Media communication (since 2001) and ZKM Karlsruhe (2006/07). From 2001-05 she was artistic director of the stage for music visualisation at Beethoven-House in Bonn. In 2006 she received her PhD about Richard Wagners music aesthetical dramaturgies. Her main working field is opera as autonomous art form: dealing with graphical music, the theatre of installation, objects and masks, the historical avandgardes of musical theatre, new technologies and possibilities to synthesize traditional and contemporary, linear and non-linear media on opera stage. contact:,

2013 Was awarded first prize “The Artwork of the Future” at the Richard Wagner-Festspiele, Bayreuth
2011 - 2012 Received a scholarship for an Artist-in-Residence program from the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia
2011 Visiting Artist at the Athens School of Fine Arts, Delphi
2011 Held a speech entitled “On Second Worlds – The Opera and New Media” at the Institute for Music and Media’s BASECAMP, Düsseldorf
2006 PhD from the Institute of Technology, Berlin
2001 - 2005 Artistic Director at the Beethoven-House, Bonn
2000 Trainee under stage director Peter Konwitschny
1991 Did a placement at the Globe Theatre, London
1989 - 1995 Student in Berlin, Vienna, Cambridge and Uppsala
1987 - 1989 Gained working experiences at the Young Vic Theatre, London
1967 Born in Berlin
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