This is Gagern's second Music-Theatre collaboration with choreographer Sommer Ulrickson at the Neukoellener Oper. She both directs and performs the role of Hilde, alongside singer Olivia Stahn, actor Christian Bo Alle and the composer himself, who provides… a magical, provocative accompaniment… This production reawakens how Wagner is and was received.
California-born Sommer Ulrickson enjoys a career as choreographer, actor and director, working throughout the US and Europe and regularly receiving state funding and commissions from theatres for the creation of original works and the development of new musical-theatre pieces.
In the opera house recent work includes Jephtha (director Claus Guth) for Dutch National Opera in co-production with Opéra national de Paris, where it was staged in January 2018, as well as Lachenmann’s Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (director David Hermmann) and Salome (also with Claus Guth) at the Deutsche Oper. Other projects that season included a new production of Salome at the Berlin Staatsoper, directed by Han Neuenfels. Recent work includes co-directing Fidelio at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl in collaboration with sculptor / stage designer Alexander Polzin, as well as Ferne Naehe, a new opera commissioned by Hellerau Festspielhaus in Dresden.
Sommer’s creations include theatre pieces for the Freiekammerspiele Magdeburg, Theater Osnabrück, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Sophiensaele Berlin and the experimental Neuköllner Oper Berlin, including Wagner for Sale, an original theatre piece commissioned for the Wagner anniversary year. Other recent projects include Creatures of Habit – an original piece for the Gerhart Hauptmann Theater, Goerlitz (2015).