Hauke Berheide

Hauke Berheide is an award-winning German classical composer specializing in opera and Lied. He has received commissions from opera houses such as the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Oper Frankfurt, and the Staatstheater Augsburg. Other collaborators include Ensemble Modern, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Hamburger Philharmoniker, Semperoper Dresden, LvivMozArt Festival in Ukraine, Düsseldorf Tonhalle, and renowned musicians such as Oksana Lyniv, Axel Kober, Michael Boder, André de Ridder, Vitali Alekseenok, the Auryn Quartet, and Wenzel Fuchs. Together with his long-term artistic partner, director and librettist Amy Stebbins, Berheide has created five full-length intermedial works, ranging from opera to silent film to virtual reality. 

Berheide’s contributions to the field have won him several prestigious awards, including the Rome Prize (German Academy Villa Massimo), the Munich Opera Festival Prize, the Music Theatre NOW Prize, and the North Rhine-Westphalia Prize for Young Artists. In 2022, he was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship, which included the John Hargraves and Nancy Newcomb Fellowship. He was also a fellow at the Academy for Theatre and Digitality Dortmund in 2020 and the Academy Music Theatre Today of the Deutsche Bank Foundation from 2011 to 2013.

In addition to opera and vocal music, Hauke composes orchestral music, chamber music, and lieder. Notable works include his cello concerto "Icaro" for Maximilian Hornung and the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and Lieder for the International Hugo Wolf Academy in 2020.

Berheide is a passionate advocate for contemporary opera, co-founding New Opera Dialogues in 2018, an international platform dedicated to exploring contemporary opera aesthetics and institutional practices. He has published extensively on opera aesthetics and new work development in trade magazines and academic journals, and has co-taught seminars on contemporary opera at Goethe University Frankfurt and Ruhr University Bochum. Additionally, he teaches composition at the Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media.

Hauke Berheide studied composition under Manfred Trojahn and José María Sánchez-Verdú and currently resides in Dortmund, Germany.