BEate Haeckl

Writer & Speaker

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Beate Haeckl, born in Lindau, Lake of Constance, grew up in Germany, Spain and France. After studying Romanic and Anglistic philology, she undertook theatrical studies in London and Cardiff. With Carmen Jakobi she co-founded „Triangle Theatre“, a trilingual theatre in education for which she wrote, acted in and directed numerous productions. First contacts with National Welsh Opera as language coach and co-productions with the future founding members of Music Theatre Wales Michael McCarthy and Michael Rafferty.

She settled in Berlin and worked for several seasons for Berliner Kammeroper (Berlin Chamber Opera) under the direction of Henry Akina et Brnymor Llewellyn Jones, for whom she modernised several French and English operas in German (Milhaud „le pauvre Matelot“, Maxwell Davis „The Lighthouse“). She worked regularly for Berliner Festspiele, in particular on Aribert Reimann’s „Gespenstersonate“. In 2007, she obtained the second prize in the international libretto competition organized by Netzzeit Wien, Opera Genesis London and Theater Luzern. She writes plays, musical comedies and libretti in three languages.

„Penthesilea“ is her first collaboration with Pascal Dusapin and La Monnaie de Bruxelles.

She has been working as dramaturg/author with French conductor Laurence Equilbey and her insula orchestra on a musical and theatrical production of „Egmont“ by Beethoven and Goethe, directed by Séverine Chavrier. The premiere will take place 21 September 2017 in the newly inaugurated Seine Musicale in the south-west of Paris, a concert hall created by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines,

Her collaboration with Anne Théron and her Compagnie Les productions Merlin has led to a German translation of „Ne Me Touchez Pas“, a play by Anne Théron widely staged in France, for which a German co-producer still needs to be found.

She contributed several English lyrics for the first album „Roots“, released March 2017, of the prog-rock group Planting Robots.