Nicola Raab is a prolific, international stage-director who has worked with such distinguished directors as Robert Carsen, Willy Decker, David Pountney, David Alden, Tim Albery, Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser.
Her career has taken her to many of the finest theatres in the world, including Bayerische Staatsoper München, Staatsoper Wien, Welsh National Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, the New Israeli Opera, Salzburger Festspiele, Teatro Regio Turino and Teatro La Fenice Venezia.
Her own work includes 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. For Kammeroper Wien she also directed Moskau, Moskau by Shostakovitch and a British-composer double- bill of When she died-death of a princess by Jonathan Dove and 8 songs for a mad king by P. Maxwell Davies.
Further engagements included directing The Marathon by Isidora Zebeljan for Bregenz Festival and Neue Oper Wien, Beatrice and Benedict by Berlioz for Chicago Opera Theatre, A Flowering Tree by John Adams also for Chicago Opera Theatre, Don Chisciotte by Francesco Conti and Artaxerxes by Leonardo Vinci for Musikwerkstatt Wien and Owen Wingrave for Wiener Kammeroper. For Neue Oper Wien she staged Detlev Glanert’s Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung.
Most recent productions include Thaïs at Los Angeles Opera, Verdi’s Otello at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen (winner of the Arets Reumert Price 2013 for best Danish Opera production of the season), her triumph production of Parsifal, a co-production of the Estonian National Opera and the European Cultural Capital project in an industrial venue at the Tallinn Harbor, Dorian Grey in Bratislava, Tristan und Isolde at the Novaya Opera Moscow, The Cunning Little Vixen in St. Gallen, as well as Massenet’s Thaïs at the Gothenburg Opera and Valencia together with designer Johan Engels. Other recent productions include Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Regensburg, The Io Passion by Harrison Birtwhistle for Kammeroper Wien and Death and the Maiden at Theater St. Gallen.
Future plans include a.o. Written on Skin in St. Gallen, A Flowering Tree at the Gothenburg Opera, Boris Godunov at Savonlinna Operafestival and at the Chorégies d'Orange. At the Royal Danish Opera she will return to stage a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin.
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