Georges Delnon

Georges Delnon is a Swiss director, theatre director and professor. Raised in Berne, he studied history and art history at the Universities of Berne and Fribourg as well as composition and music history at the Berne Conservatory. In 1985 he was one of the founders of “Atelier 20”, a group for contemporary theatre and music in Berne. This was followed by numerous musical theatre and drama productions, including Carmen and Die Fledermaus at the Frankfurt Opera, Dido in Toulouse, The Rape of Lucretia in Düsseldorf and Basle, La traviata, Madame Butterfly and The Love for Three Oranges in Dortmund, Miss Julie in Essen, La Griselda (Vivaldi) in Geneva, Der Junge Lord (Henze), Maria Stuart and Ezio (Handel Festival) in Karlsruhe, Parsifal, Jenůfa and Medea in Saarbrücken, Schwarze Spinne (Sutermeister), Das Lachen der Schafe (Demierre) and König für einen Tag (Grünauer) in Lucerne and Hofmanns Erzählungen in Hanover.

In addition, Georges Delnon holds teaching posts at numerous universities and academies. In 2003 he was appointed honorary professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz.

In 1996 he took over his first post as artistic director at the Municipal Theatre in Koblenz and was co-founder of the festival Festungsspiele Koblenz.

From 1999  to 2006 he was artistic director of the Mainz State Theatre. During his tenure there, he directed numerous productions, including Alban Berg’s Lulu and the world premiere of G by Gavin Bryars. The great reopening after the complete renovation of the theatre in 2001 with G. F. Handel’s opera Saul was broadcast live by 3sat.

Further productions he directed during this period included Il figlio delle selve by Ignaz Holzbauer for the Schwetzingen Festival and the Féstival Radio France Montpellier as well as Juditha triumphans by A. Vivaldi for the Festival Schloss Rheinsberg. Georges Delnon also appeared as an actor in the feature film HEIMAT 3 by Edgar Reitz. In 2004 he directed the world premiere of Mark André’s 22,13 at the Munich Biennial, which was also shown in Mainz and at the Festival d’Automne à Paris at the Opéra National de Paris. In 2005 and 2006 he staged the world premiere of Zaubern by Frederik Zeller and the baroque opera Proserpina by Joseph Martin Kraus at the Schwetzingen Festival.

With the beginning of the 2006/2007 season, Georges Delnon was appointed director of the Basle Theatre, the largest three-genre theatre in Switzerland. During this period, he directed further productions, including the world premiere of Der Alte vom Berg by Bernhard Lang at the Schwetzingen Festival in co-production with the Basle Theatre (2007) as well as the world premiere of Carola Bauckholt’s hellhörig at the Munich Biennial (2008), the world premiere of Maldoror by Philipp Maintz at the Munich Biennial, and Alexanderfest by George Frideric Handel at the Basle Theatre. He also directed the TV production of Aida am Rhein by Giuseppe Verdi, which was broadcast live on Swiss television and on 3sat. In 2012 he directed the world premiere of Alfred Zimmerlin’s musical theatre work Das Licht at the Lucerne Festival and in 2013 Anschlag also at the Lucerne Festival in cooperation with the Basle Theatre.

From 2009 to 2016 Georges Delnon has been artistic director of musical theatre for the Schwetzingen SWR Festival. The two world premieres “Proserpina“ in 2009 and “Koma“ in 2016 had been awarded world premiere of the year in the critic survey of  “Opernwelt”.

With the beginning of the 2015/2016 season, he took up his position as artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera.