Claudia Doderer

1957 born in Wiesbaden, lives and works in Berlin
1978–1983 studied with Achim Freyer (stage design) at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Berlin, attended Dieter Schnebel’s lectures (experimental composition)
1983–1986 assistant (stage direction / stage design) at the Opera Houses of Brussels, Cologne, Oslo and Paris
Since 1986: freelance work in the fields of staging, spatial and costume design. Since then, her work has concentrated on collaborations with contemporary composers. It involves the creation of settings for new forms of music theater, musical installations, and abstract spatial contexts for music.
2015 visiting professorship at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Los Angeles
2017 lectures at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Los Angeles
2018 lecture at the Department Film,Television and Scenography of the Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
2019   visiting professorship and workshops at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou

Stage design (selection)

1997 Aribert Reimann Melusine, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich
1998 Giuseppe Verdi Rigoletto (directed by Brigitte Fassbaender), Oper Chemnitz
2006 Georg Friedrich Händel Ariodante (directed by Achim Freyer), Oper Frankfurt and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
2010 Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (directed by Peter Lund), Staatstheater Darmstadt
2012 Georg Friedrich Händel Alessandro, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
2016 Georges Bizet Carmen (produced by Hendrik Müller), Theater Regensburg

Spaces for music (selection)

1986–1992 Gérard Grisey Le Noir de l’Étoile (performances in Brussels, Strasbourg, Huddersfield, Berlin)
1996–1999 Peter Ablinger Die weisse Litanei and Nerz und Campari (Linz, Vienna, Berlin, Graz).
2002 Klaus Lang kirschblüten.ohr. (MaerzMusik at the Hebbel-Theater, Berlin)
2006, 2007 Klang Lang fichten. (Steirischer Herbst, Graz, MaerzMusik, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin)
2007 Klang Lang the moon in the moonless sky., Philharmonie Luxembourg
2008 Lucia Ronchetti Albertine (MaerzMusik Festival, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Berlin)
2008–2010 in collaboration with Beat Furrer and his composition students at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, she created a new work for music theater Mond. Finsternis. Asphalt (premiere at Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt am Main)
2010 Marcelo Toledo The Jungle Within, Radialsystem Berlin
2011 Klaus Lang der einfluss des menschen auf den mond, Staatstheater Braunschweig
2013 Emilio de’ Cavalieri Rappresentatione de Anima e di Corpo / Klaus Lang Fulgur Harmoniae (Bockenheimer Deport, commissioned by Oper Frankfurt am Main)
2013 Richard Wagner Ich, Wagner. Sehnsucht! (in collaboration with choreographer Yuki Mori), Theater Regensburg
2014 Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (in collaboration with choreographer Yuki Mori), Theater Regensburg
2015 Iannis Xenakis Persephassa, Klangraum Krems, Minoritenkirche
2016 Luke Bedford – Through his Teeth, Claudio Monteverdi – Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (in collaboration with Hendrik Müller), Opera Factory Freiburg
2016/17 still | arriving, installative performances in collaboration with Marin Hiendl (ongoing collaboration)

Production, stage design and costumes (selection)

2003 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Idomeneo, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich
2006 Albert Lortzing Undine, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich
2007 Georg Friedrich Händel Saul, St. Egidien, Nuremberg
2008 Klaus Lang architektur des regens., Biennale München
2010 Klaus Lang BUCH  ASCHE., Oper Bonn

Exhibitions – Paperworks and spacial objects

2021 “Shapes and Shadows” solo exhibition, Galerie Pugliese Levi, Berlin
2021 „Herbstauslese 2021“ group exhibition, galerie konstantin b., Regensburg
2021 „one by one“ group exhibition, Galerie Pugliese Levi, Berlin
2020 „MIT EIGENEM BLICK“, group exhibition, Kunsthaus A. Freyer, Berlin
2019 „achtzehn“ group exhibition, galerie konstantin b., Regensburg
2019 „almost nothing“ group exhibition, Galerie Pugliese Levi, Berlin
2018 „WINTERAUSLESE“ group exhibition, galerie konstantin b., Regensburg
2017 „Perspektiven“ solo exhibition, galerie konstantin b., Regensburg


2012 Fellowship at Villa Aurora, Los Angeles
2014 Artist in Residence Program, Klangraum Krems, Austria

“… Claudia Doderer is always concerned with open form: in her work with the operas of the repertoire, as well as in collaboration with contemporary composers, spatial as well as musical realization are of equal value. She composes the space, researches and tries out possibilities that enable the space to be experienced, by exposing its visual implications, for instance, or by translating specific perspectives and proportions through altered positioning. Every space that she designs, she shapes anew…”

Sabine Sanio