Viktor Schoner’s Intendant Contract Extended at Staatsoper Stuttgart

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Staatsoper Stuttgart)

Viktor Schoner will remain the Intendant of the Staatsoper Stuttgart until 2029.

The administrative board of the Württemberg State Theaters unanimously welcomed the extension, and the new contract was signed on Dec. 22, 2022. Viktor Schoner has been the Intendant of the Staatsoper Stuttgart since the 2018-19 season.

“With the decision to extend Viktor Schoner’s contract as the intendant, an early signal is set for Constance in these turbulent times,” said Art Minister Theresia Bauer on Dec. 22 in Stuttgart. “Viktor Schoner positioned the Staatsoper on a first-class musical and scenic level. With him we not only want to master the special conditions of the upcoming renovation and expansion and the resulting interim phase, but also use them as an opportunity,” added Bauer.

“Viktor Schoner distinguishes the Staatsoper Stuttgart not only through his own productions, but also through collaborations and unusual guests. So he brought ‘Die Zauberflöte’ in the production by Barrie Kosky, who heads the Komische Oper in Berlin, to Stuttgart. Schoner has the courage to undertake crossover projects that have never existed in the Staatsoper, ”said Dr. Frank Nopper, Lord Mayor of the City of Stuttgart.

From 1999 to 2001 Schoner was a fellow at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University. Together with Titus Engel, he founded the Academy of Music Theater Today. In the spring of 2001 he became a personal assistant to the Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival Gerard Mortier. He subsequently moved to the Ruhr, where he worked with Mortier to develop the first RuhrTriennale in the region’s industrial cathedrals from 2002 to 2004. From 2004 to 2008 Schoner worked at the Opéra national de Paris, initially as Adjoint au Directeur, and since 2006 as Directeur de la coordination artistique.