Portrait of Philipp Stölzl

Philipp Stölzl © Sandra Then

Philipp Stölzl

Philipp Stölzl was born in Munich in 1967. His path began at the Munich Kammerspiele as an assistant to stage designers such as Jürgen Rose, Ezio Toffolutti and Volker Pfüller. In his mid-30s, Stölzl made his first feature film, the tragicomedy “Baby”. This was followed by the historical mountain drama “Nordwand” and the Sturm-und-Drang romcom “Goethe!”, then the first English-language film, the action thriller “The Expatriate”. Stölzl’s best-selling film adaptation “Der Medicus” reached over 4 million viewers in Germany, followed by a three-part epic retelling of Karl May’s “Winnetou” for television and the music film “Ich war noch niemals in New York”. Stölzl’s films were awarded various prizes.

In his early 40s, Stölzl returned to the stage. After a “Freischütz” production in Meiningen, where he directed and designed the stage, opera and drama productions followed at the Salzburg Festival (“Benvenuto Cellini”, “Cavalleria rusticana”), the Ruhrtriennale (“Rubens”), the Theater Basel (“Faust”, “Der fliegende Holländer”, “Frankenstein”, “Andersens Erzählungen"), the Staatsschauspiel Dresden (“Der Phantast”), the Staatsoper Stuttgart (“Die Fledermaus”), the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin (“Rienzi”, “Parsifal”, “Il trovatore”, “Orpheus in der Unterwelt”). His new production of “Rigoletto” was seen at the Bregenz Festival in 2021. His feature film “Schachnovelle”, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stefan Zweig, opened in cinemas in September 2021. His production of “Der lange Schlaf” by Finegan Kruckemeyer has recently been shown at the Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg. At the Residenztheater in Munich, Philipp Stölzl staged “Das Vermächtnis (The Inheritance)” in a German-language premiere in the 2021/2022 season. The production has been invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen 2023. In the 2022/2023 season he premiered the play “James Brown trug Lockenwickler” by Yasmina Reza, also at the Residenztheater.

As of May 2023

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