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Nicola Raab has in recent years gained recognition internationally as a director of great sensitivity, detailed character work and visual flair.

Recent productions include Written on Skin in Bolzano, which received the coveted “Premio Abbiate” by the Guild of Italian Music Critics, I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Bergen, Der Zwerg at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Semiramide at the Opéra national de Lorraine, von Einem’s Jesu Hochzeit at the Carinthian Summer Festival, Written on Skin for Theater St. Gallen, John Adams' A Flowering Tree at Gothenburg Opera and the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Boris Godunov at Savonlinna Operafestival, Lohengrin and Verdi’s Otello at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen (the latter won the Arets Reumert Price 2013 for best Danish opera production), Parsifal, a co-production of the Estonian National Opera and the European Cultural Capital project in an industrial venue at Tallinn Harbor, Dorian Grey in Bratislava, Tristan und Isolde at the Novaya Opera Moscow, as well as Massenet’s Thaïs at the Gothenburg Opera, Finnish National Opera, Los Angeles Opera and Valencia, together with designer Johan Engels.

Most recently, she directed Lakmé at Malmö Opera, Francesca da Rimini for the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Elektra for the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Semiramide for the Opéra de Saint-Étienne and Il Corsaro at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia.

Elsewhere, Ms Raab has staged Beatrice and Benedict by Berlioz and A Flowering Tree for Chicago Opera Theatre, Soldier and Dancer by Martinu for Statni Opera Praha, Der Kuss with Opera Theatre Company Dublin, Zora D. with IOCN Amsterdam, Kammeroper Wien and BEMUS Belgrade, Death and the Maiden and The Cunning Little Vixen at Theater St. Gallen, Don Chisciotte by Francesco Conti and Artaxerxes by Leonardo Vinci for Musikwerkstatt Wien, The Marathon by Isidora Zebeljan for Bregenz Festival and Neue Oper Wien. For Neue Oper Wien she also staged Detlev Glanert’s Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung.

For Kammeroper Wien she has produced Moskau, Moskau by Shostakovitch, a double- bill of When she died… by Jonathan Dove and Eight Songs for a Mad King by P. Maxwell Davies, The Io Passion by Harrison Birtwistle and Owen Wingrave.

In the season 2018/19, Ms Raab will stage Jenůfa for Greek National Opera in Athens, return to the Teatro Comunale Bolzano for Catalani’s La Wally and direct Ariodante for the Drottningholms Slottsteater.

NICOLA RAAB: J. Adams, A Flowering Tree, trailer Göteborg Opera

"Both Gabriele D'Annunzio's and Dante's eras were evoked by Nicola Raab in her production[...], which succeeded in remaining coherent while doing justice to the web of cultural references in this heady, sometimes violent work."
Opera Magazine, Opera National du Rhin - Francesca da Rimini, May 2018
"Auch wenn d'Annunzio die berühmte Ehebruchsgeschichte aus dem 13. Jahrhundert um einige sadistische Elemente anreicherte, tendiert der exzessive Ästhetizismus seines Dramas zum Plüsch. [...] Allzu oft gingen Regisseure solchen Tendenzen auf den Leim: pompöse Kostümfeste mit ornamentalem Overkill.Ganz anders Nicola Raabs Lesart an der Opéra national du Rhin in Straßburg: Die Regisseurin hütet sich vor voreiligen Anpassungen an den Luxus und die Moden der Jahre vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg.Raab nimmt Francesca ernst, zeichnet sie nicht als willenloses Opfer, sondern als selbstbewusste Frau [...] die in jedem Detail durchdachte Personenführung. Mit kleinsten gesten kehrt Raab das nach außen, was die gesungenen Worte nicht sagen, wohl aber Zandonais klangsinnliche Musik."
Opernwelt, Zandonai, Francesca da Rimini, ONR Strasbourg, February 2018
"[...] auf der Bühne mediterranes Chiaroscuro, hartes Dunkel durchkreuzt von flirrendem Licht, weisse Wände wie mit schwarzer Tinte bespritzt - Kontraste, scharf wie die Rapiere der Fechter, die sich mit Agression aufpumpen gegen den nachbarlichen Feind. Aus solcher Enge quasi im rechten Winkel herausstechend die grossen Gefühle zweier Liebenden, so unbegrenzt wie schmerzhaft und tödlich. Liebe in Zeiten des Wahnsinns[...] Nicola Raabs Inszenierung ist[...] ihrem Spiel mit dem Chiarooscuro [...] ästhetisch klug disponiert[...] Raab sorgt für stupende Coup de Théatre."
Opernwelt (Gerhard Persché), I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Nationaloper Bergen, January 2017
"The director Nicola Raab[...] (has) created an artistically harmonious and consequently executed vision of Massenet’s magnificent work. It is an interpretation that focuses on the double layered in Massenet’s dream of beauty, an ambivalence that is also somewhat of the life nerve of decadence. It is simply a wise choice to move the story from fourth century Egypt to the Paris salons of the 1890’s. [...] It is with amazing finesse and creative richness of detail that the worlds in these pictures are transferred to the stage and it is not unlikely for the viewer and listener to land in an almost narcotic state. It has become a performance of dreams, at the same time sharply focus and with blurred vibrations. All in all, this is one of the most successful productions at the Göteborgs Opera of the past several years."
Göteborgs Posten , Gothenburg Opera - Thais, March 2010

Nicola Raab

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Nicola Raab

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Nicola Raab

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