Esther Mertel

Staff Director & Assistant Director
Esther Mertel, director, soprano and cultural manager completed her vocal studies at the Detmold University of Music in 2009 and was subsequently engaged at the Landestheater Detmold in the opera studio. In 2012 she completed further training in music and theatre management at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. At the Salzburg Festival in 2014, she was part of the Vienna Philharmonic's music education team and directed the opera camp for "Il trovatore". In 2015, Esther Mertel founded the music theatre festival Sommer Nacht Oper in der Westpfalz, where she presented her own directorial works. She also contributed to the Schumann Junior Institute at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf as coordinator and assistant to the executive director. Since the 2022/23 season, she has been working as head scheduler at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern. Esther Mertel was the Spielleiterin and assistant director at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein from 2011 to 2022. In 2017 and 2019, she also conceived the second and fourth series of the opera construction kit with Malte Arkona here.
Since the 2015/16 season, Humperdinck's classic "Hansel and Gretel" can be experienced in her scenically reworked version at Deutsche Oper am Rhein.