Anna-Sophie Mahler

Mentor International Mentorship 2017/8


Anna-Sophie Mahler

This year we have engaged German director Anna Sophie Mahler as mentor.
She was born in 1979 in Kassel. She studied directing at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin and lives in Zurich.

From 2002 to 2004 she worked as an assistant director at the Theater Basel and later assisted Christoph Marthaler and Christoph Schlingensief. Since 2004 she has worked as a theater as well as an opera director. She has staged at Theater Basel, National Theater Weimar, Lucerne Theater, HAU Berlin, Schauspielhaus Graz, Konzert Theater Bern and Theater Bremen.

In 2006 she founded her own company, CapriConnection in Basel, which is characterized by the interweaving of documentary texts with music and image. The project “Ars moriendi” by CapriConnection was invited to the Theater Festival Impulse (2011). For the Zurich Festival (2013) CapriConnection developed the music theater “Tristan or Isolde”, a production in the remains of the Bayreuther stage set by Anna Viebrock. As part of the Munich Opera Festival 2015, she stages “Francesca da Rimini” at the Bavarian State Opera.

With her staging for the Münchner Kammerspiele of Mittelreich based on the novel by Josef Bierbichler, Anna-Sophie Mahler was invited to the Theatertreffen 2016 in Berlin.

This summer she was presented as a director with two works at the Biennale Teatro 2017 in Venice.

TAZ:  “breaking out of the system”

Tagesanzeiger:  “Mahler pulls her thing through”

For more information check out Anne-Marie’s website.

Productions from 2000 to today


“Alla fine del mare” based on motifs by Frederico Fellini Film “E la nave va”, Theater Konstanz; “THE EVIL – A Twilight of the Gods”, a production by CapriConnection, Premiere Gessnerallee Zurich; “Rusalka” (Lyric Tale in three acts by Antonín Dvořák), Bremen Theater


“Don Quixote de la Mancha” (opera by Hans Zender) with the Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt LAB; “Maria Stuarda” (Gaetano Donizetti), Bremen Theater


“Mittelreich” based on the novel by Josef Bierbichler, Münchner Kammerspiele; “Francesca da Rimini”, a project by Anna-Sophie Mahler, Staatsoper München; “Carmen” (Georges Bizet), Theater Bremen


“Silence in the forest”, production by CapriConnection about the biologist Adolf Portmann, Kaserne Basel, Gessnerallee Zurich; “Armide” (Christoph Willibald Gluck), Concert Theater Bern; “Blick der Tosca”, a project by Anna-Sophie Mahler with music by Giacomo Puccini, Theater Bremen


“Orlando Furioso” (Antonio Vivaldi), Bremen Theater; “Tristan oder Isolde” a Pastiche by CapriConnection in remnants of Anna Viebrock’s stage design of the Bayreuth Tristan production by Christoph Marthaler, a coproduction with the Zurich Festival, Gessnerallee Zurich and Kaserne Basel; “Ars vivendi”, music theater about the art of living, production of CapriConnection in collaboration with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Premiere: Kaserne Basel


“The Makropulos Case” (Leos Janacek), Bremen Theater; “Poor Tony” and “Madame Psychosis” from “Infinite fun, 24 hours through the Utopian West”, based on a novel by David Foster Wallace, HAU Berlin “The Big Bang or the Search for the God Particle”, production CapriConnection, Premiere: Kaserne Basel


“Mirandolina” (Carlo Goldoni), Theater Biel Solothurn
“Faust is hungry and swallowed a Grete”, Ewald Palmetshofer, Schauspielhaus Graz
“The Threepenny Opera”, Berthold Brecht, Schauspielhaus Graz


“Peepshow” (Marie Brassard), Schauspielhaus Graz
“Ars moriendi”, music theater about the art of dying, production of CapriConnection in collaboration with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Premiere: Kaserne Basel
“Metanoia” (Jens Joneleit), established by the artistic team by Christoph Schlingensief, Berlin State Opera
“The Golden Dragon” (Roland Schimmelpfennig), Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus


“The Glass Menagerie” (Tennessee Williams), Theater Biel / Solothurn
“The Sorrows of the Young Werther” (JW Goethe) Theater Neumarkt, Zurich


“La Sonnambula” (Vincenzo Bellini), Theater Biel / Solothurn
“Joan of Arc – Scenes from the Life of Saint Joan” (Walter Braunfels) based on notes by Christoph Schlingensief, German Opera Berlin
“The Lord Defender” a piece by CapriConnection Basel Barracks, South Pole Lucerne and HAU Berlin
“The Shattered Shoes” (Gebrüder Grimm), Christmas fairy tale at the Theater Lucerne


“Dear piglet, … letters to a whore”. A piece of CapriConnection, Kaserne Basel and Festival, auawirleben ‘Schlachthaus Bern
‘ Heimet! Heimet! Wonderful World “- In the Footsteps of a Homeless – An Evening on the 50th Anniversary of Ralph Benatzky, Theater Biel / Solothurn
” Dead Flies Are Corrupting Good Ointments “- a music-theatrical project on systems and systematic delusions, Gare du Nord Basel, HAU Berlin


“Night shift” – scenic reading on the topic sex industry, Capribar, Basel


“What you want” (William Shakespeare), National Theater Weimar


 “Die Fledermaus” (Johann Strauss), National Theater Weimar


“Records of a Maniac” (Nikolai Gogol), Monologue with Ueli Jäggi, Schauspielhaus Zürich / Theater Basel
“You are beautiful with me” – a song recital in the hairdressing salon, Theater Basel


“The Kammersänger” (Frank Wedekind), Theaterhaus Mitte, Berlin
“Schubert Metamorphoses” – a music-theatrical project with compositions by Schubert, Ives, Mahler, Rihm, Crumb), Reinbeckhallen Oberschöneweide, Berlin


“Wozzeck – Woyzeck” (Alban Berg, Georg Büchner), Theaterhaus Mitte, Berlin
“The beautiful Galathee” (Franz von Suppé), Saalbau Neukölln, Berlin


“The acting director” (WA Mozart), Saalbau Neukölln, Berlin