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Dörte Lyssewski

Dörte Lyssewski studied acting at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Hamburg. Her first engagement was in 1989 at the Schaubühne in Berlin under the direction of Peter Stein, where she appeared in productions such as J.M.R. Lenz (directed by Klaus Michael Grüber), the premiere of Botho Strauss’s Schlusschor and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (directed by Luc Bondy). From 2000 to 2005 she performed at the Schauspielhaus in Bochum under the direction of Matthias Hartmann, including in the title role in Hebbel’s Judith (directed by Wilfried Minks, 2004), Princess Eboli in Schiller’s Don Karlos (directed by Patrick Schlösser, 2002) and as Hedda Gabler (directed by Ernst Stötzner, 2003). Since 2004 she has appeared as a guest at the Berliner Ensemble, the Théâtre national de l’Odéon, the Schauspielhaus in Zurich, the Deutsches Theater and the Volksbühne in Berlin and the Paris Opéra, as well as at the Ruhrtriennale.

Dörte Lyssewski has appeared regularly at the Salzburg Festival, including in 1995 and 1996 as Varya in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, in 1997 in the title role in Grillparzer’s Libussa (directed by Peter Stein) and in 1999 to 2001 as Paramour in Jedermann (directed by Gernot Friedel). In 2000 she also appeared as Andromaque in Herbert Wernicke’s production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens.

She has been a member of the ensemble of the Burgtheater in Vienna since 2009, appearing as Olivia in Twelfth Night and Freya Genetrix in the premiere of Botho Strauss’s Das blinde Geschehen (directed by Matthias Hartmann, 2011), Barbara Fordham in Tracy Letts’s August: Osage County, Anna Petrovna in Chekhov’s Platonov (Berlin Theatertreffen Festival 2011), Genia in Schnitzler’s Das weite Land (directed by Alvis Hermanis, 2010/2011) and the Woman in the premiere of Peter Handke’s Die schönen Tage von Aranjuez (directed by Luc Bondy, 2012). Dörte Lyssewski also appeared at the Berlin Theatertreffen Festival in 2013 in Matthias Hartmann’s production of Doron Rabinovici’s Die letzten Zeugen. Since 2014 she has appeared in the stage premiere production of Isabel Allende’s Das Geisterhaus (directed by Antú Romero Nunes) and since 2016 in Martin Kušej’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Well known for her radio, television and film appearances, including Patrice Chéreau’s La Reine Margot (1994) and Michael Haneke’s The Castle (1997), she also dubs foreign-language films. Dörte Lyssewski was awarded the Kainz Medal in 1997 and the Gertrud Eysoldt Ring in 2003, as well as being named best actress in North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2012 she won the Nestroy Theatre Prize for her performance as Blanche in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

Current as of July 2017

Dörte Lyssewski, © Jim Rakete

Dörte Lyssewski, © Jim Rakete

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