- Hugh Canning
(b Zürich, 1948). Swiss director . He studied at Jacques Lecocq’s Ecole de Pantomime in Paris and made his début directing at the Théâtre Universitaire International de Paris. In 1969 he was appointed a production assistant at the Thalia Theater, Hamburg, and from 1971 staged his own productions of a series of important plays – Genet’s Les bonnes (1971, Hamburg), Ionesco’s Les chaises (1972, Nuremberg), Shakespeare’s As you like it (1973, Wuppertal) and Goethe’s Stella (1973, Darmstadt). Between 1974 and 1976 he was a resident director at the Frankfurt Städtische Bühne. From the early 1980s, Bondy worked in Cologne and during this period made his first forays into opera with Lulu and Wozzeck for the Hamburg Staatsoper and Così fan tutte and L’incoronazione di Poppea at La Monnaie. In 1985 he succeeded Peter Stein as artistic director of the Schaubühne, Berlin. Since 1987 he has divided his activities as a freelance director between opera and the theatre. His opera productions are marked by a surrealistic representationalism in scenic design and acting of great emotional intensity. His production of ...