Benjamin Schad was born near Heidelberg and started his studies as a stage director after in the classes of Hans Hollmann and Christof Loy after completing his classical music education in 2002 at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main. During his studies his own productions had taken him to houses such as the Frankfurt Opera, the Teatro Poliziano Montepulciano, Gießen and the Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Mainz.
From 2008 he was engaged at the Cologne Opera as a revival and assistant director. Here he worked together with directors such as Tilman Knabe, Patrick Kinmonth, Robert Carsen and Katharina Thalbach and supervised numerous revivals, including. a. »Die Walküre« and »Götterdämmerung« during guest performance tour of the Cologne Opera in Shanghai.
He attracted nationwide attention in 2011 with his staging of Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” at the Cologne Opera, for which he was awarded the prestigious Götz-Friedrich Prize.
Working as a freelancer since then, he created and presented in various German speaking opera houses (Berlin, Basel, Lucerne, Bern, Osnabrück, Kaiserslautern, Cologne) numerous operatic productions, such as “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, “Le nozze di Figaro”, “Iphigenia en Aulide”, “Orfeo ed Euridice”, as well as many world premieres.
In addition to his focus on music theater, he develops his own productions in drama and contemporary dance. Characteristic of his work is the constant questioning and linking of various artistic forms of expression. Future productions will take him beyond the German-speaking countries to Eastern Europe and to his Asian debut, directing of a world premiere in Taiwan.
After Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (2011) and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (2012), La Traviata is his third production at the Cologne Opera.