Madis Nurms is a free-lance scenographer. He has a BA in Social Sciences (2007, Tallinn University) and a MA cum laude in Scenography (2009, Estonian Academy of Arts). He has also completed a course in Media Studies (2006) and furthered his education at the St Petersburg University of the Humanities and Social Sciences (2007). His major works include designs for operas, most of them for the PromFest Festival: Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride” (2013, staged by Teet Kask), Verdi’s “Attila” (2011, staged by Üllar Saaremäe), Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” in 25 theatres in Belgium and Netherlands (2011, staged by Hans Nieuwenhuis), Massenet’s “Thaïs” (2009, staged by Mai Murdmaa), Bizet’s “Carmen” (2007, staged by Marko Matvere), set and lighting design for the recital of Barbara Hendricks in the Pärnu Concert House (2007), lighting designs for the PromFest Final Gala (2007 and 2009) and PromFest Spring Opera Gala (2006), concept of set design for the Puccini Gala (2008) and dance productions “GO – a Game for Two” (2014, choreographer Teet Kask), “Underwater Kingdom” (2010, Russian Theatre) and “Ohlala…Ça c’est passé comme ça” (2012, Russian Theatre, choreographer Tõnu Veiler).
In 2009 Nurms was an assistant to the designer of “Dido and Aeneas” (staged by Hans Nieuwenhuis) at Opera Zuid. In the same year he was an assistant to the lighting designer Jean Kalman at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie for the operas “Iphigénie en Aulide” and “Iphigénie en Tauride” (staged by Pierre Audi). In May 2015 Madis Nurms debuted as a stage director with Verdi’s “Aida” at Vanemuine Theatre (within PromFest).