This wonderful production of Xerxes is the third Handel opera, after Teseo and Radamisto, that Tilmann Köhler has directed at Oper Frankfurt. His production of Purcell's King Arthur was a co-production between the Semper Oper and Staatsschauspiel in Dresden, with whom he has worked regularly since 2009, on plays including Schimmelpfennig's Odyssee, Drei Schwestern / Three Sisters, Der geteilte Himmel / A Divided Heaven, Der Kaufmann von Venedig / The Merchant of Venice, Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe / St. Joan at the Stake (which won him the Kurt-Hübner-Prize for young directors). In 2005 he was House Director at the Deutsche National Theater in Weimar, where productions included Der Drache / The Dragon, Krankheit der Jugend / Disease of Youth (which was invited to the 2007 Berlin Theatertreffen – a big honour) and Faust I. He has also worked at the Deutsche Theater Berlin (most recently on Medea, Stimmen / Voices and Macbeth), the Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf, Schauspielhaus in Basel, Schauspiel Stuttgart, the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, Bratislavan National Theatre and the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. He has also worked on projects in São Paulo, Taipeh, Gwangju and Moscow. He has been working regularly with the set designer Karoly Risz and costume designer Susanne Uhl since 2005. Tilmann Köhler was born in Weimar and studied theatre direction at the »Ernst Busch« University for Drama in Berlin.