Michael Sturminger was born in Vienna. He is a director, a librettist and screen writer. In 2006 he wrote the libretto and directed I Hate Mozart by composer Bernhard Lang, which had its world premiere at the Theater an der Wien. The same year he directed Mozart’s Il sogno de Scipione at the Salzburg Festival. He directed Idomeneo in 2009 and Ariadne auf Naxos in 2011 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. He wrote the libretto for HK Gruber’s Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald and directed its world premiere at the Bregenz Festival in 2014.
His other directing work includes Summerfolk at the Lower Austria State Theatre, Amphitryon, Der Gott des Gemetzels and Salome at the Klagenfurt City Theatre and La Sonnambula at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich. He has also directed productions for the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper, the Taipei National Theatre, the Zurich Opera, the Cologne Opera and the Graz Opera. He has been the Intendant of the Perchtoldsdorf Summer Festival since 2014.
Michael Sturminger has worked with John Malkovich for many years. Their projects include the opera The Infernal Comedy, the music theatre project The Giacomo Variations, the feature film Casanova Variations and, most recently, the music theatre production Just Call Me God, which had its world premiere at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg in March 2017.