Jossi Wieler


Jossi Wieler was born in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, and studied directing at the Theatre Department of Tel Aviv University. As a theatre director, he worked in Heidelberg, Bonn, Stuttgart, Basel, Hamburg, Zurich, Berlin and at the Kammerspiele Munich as well as repeatedly at the Salzburg Festival. He staged several of Elfriede Jelinek’s plays and was voted Director of the Yeas in 1994 for his production of Wolken.Heim. His theatre productions were invited to numerous national and international festivals. In 2002, he was awarded the Konrad Wolf Prize by the Academy of Arts Berlin, in 2005 he received the German Critics’ Award and in 2009 his staging of Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel), which was part of the Wiener Festwochen 2010, won the Nestroy Award. This, along with his productions of Kleist’s Amphitryon (1986), Euripides’ Alkestis (2002) and Mittagswende by Paul Claudel were also invited to the Theatertreffen Berlin. Since 1994, Jossi Wieler also works in the field of opera, mostly in Stuttgart and together with Sergio Morabito. Ariadne auf Naxos (2001), Doktor Faust (2005), Alceste (2006) and Die Nachtwandlerin (2012) were each selected as Performance of the Year. In 2002, Wieler and Morabito were voted Direction Team of the Year and in 2006 and 2012, they received the theatre award DER FAUST in the category Best Opera Direction. From 2011 to 2018, Jossi Wieler was artistic director of the Stuttgart Opera. In 2020 he was distinguished with the highest award in Swiss theatre, the Grand Prix Theatre/Hans-Reinhart-Ring.

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