Michael Sturm, Director
Michael Sturm hails from north Germany and grew up in Hamburg. He studied opera directing with Götz Friedrich at the University for Music and Performing Arts Hamburg from 1986 to 1992. Michael Sturm counts among his most important work “The Bartered Bride” (1995) in the former concentration camp of Theresienstadt, “Brundibar” (1999) at the Vienna Chamber opera, “Fidelio” (2007) in Tirana, Albania and the world premiere of “Gegen die Wand” (2008) in Theater Bremen. This production was nominated for the European Tolerance Prize. From 2007 to 2010 Michael Sturm was stage director at Oper Schloss Laubach (a summer academy for talented young opera singers), and since 2012 he is the artistic director of the International Theatre and Opera Company-”ITOC”. He has given numerous masterclasses in the USA in universities in the states of New York, West Virginia and Alabama.