Vita

Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt studied Performance Studies and History of Art at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the Università Roma Tre in Rome. He worked as Performance and Assistant Director at various opera houses, including the Komische Oper Berlin, the Teatro alla Scala as well as the Opera Vlaanderen, where he was collaborating with renowned directors such as Robert Carsen, Barrie Kosky, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Calixto Bieito, Stefan Herheim and Andreas Homoki.

As Associate Director he worked with Jasmina Hadziahmetovic on the stage production of Hans Zender’s adaptation of Schuberts ’Winterreise’ in 2016 at the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and in 2017 at the Opéra Comique Paris.

In 2012 Wenzel made his debut as an Opera Director with the production of Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, which was shown in several clubs around Berlin. At the Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2017 he was granted the role of Dramaturge for the production of Hawaiian Fragments by his husband the Argentinian director Federico Vöcks de Schwindt.

Together with him Wenzel premiered in 2019 On the first night we looked at maps – LOS ALEMANES DEL VOLGA a documentary performance on the topic of migration in history connected with the story of an international gay couple looking to build a shared identity. They were invited to perform the piece at the Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2020 (selected for the newcomers’ platform Introducing…), the Furore Festival in Ludwigsburg and the Szenario Festival in Lüneburg.

In 2020 he premiered together with the tenor Daniel Arnaldos Listening to Peter & Ben, a performance to explore the possibilities of hearing as a dynamic phenomenon, using a historical recording of the composer and pianist Benjamin Britten and his partner the tenor Peter Pears to uncover an acoustical queer heritage.

The premiere of his new music theatre piece Ubi caritas et amor that pits Gregorian chant against dribbling basketballs, being on a quest for alternative forms of masculinity, is scheduled for summer 2021 at Ballhaus Ost and for winter 2022 at LOFFT – DAS THEATER in Leipzig.

He was a scholar of the festival Mannheimer Mozartsommer and the Richard Wagner Association Berlin.

Furthermore he works for the education department of the Staatsoper Berlin.

Wenzel is now focusing on the development of new creations in the field of performance and music theatre.