Tilmann Köhler is directing his third Handel opera at Oper Frankfurt – this new production of Xerxes was preceded by Teseo (2013) and Radamisto (last season) in the Bockenheimer Depot. And he will be back! He recently directed Purcell's King Arthur at the Semperoper in Dresden, a co-production with the Staatsschauspiel, where he has been working as house director since 2009. Plays directed in Dresden have included Maß für Maß/Measure for Measure, Drei Schwestern/Three Sisters, Der geteilte Himmel/The Divided Sky, Der Kaufmann von Venedig/The Merchant of Venice, Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe/ St. Joan of the Slaughter House (for which he won the Kurt-Hübner-Preis for young directors). In 2005 he took up the post of house director at the Deutsche Nationaltheater in Weimar, where productions included Der Drache/The Dragon, Krankheit der Jugend/The Sickness of Youth (Berlin Theatertreffen 2007) and Faust I. Tilmann Köhler has also directed at the Deutsche Theater Berlin (most recently Macbeth), Schauspiel Stuttgart, the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin and the Deutsche Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. Other engagements have included projects in São Paulo, Taipei, Gwangju and Moscow. He has worked regularly with stage designer Karoly Risz and costume designer Susanne Uhl since 2005. Tilmann Köhler, born 1979 in Weimar, studied drama direction at the Hochschule for Schauspielkunst »Ernst Busch« in Berlin.