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Tobias Kratzer

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(stage director)

Tobias Kratzer studied art history and philosophy in Munich and Bern as well as directing at the August Everding Bavarian Theatre Academy. In 2008 he won the 1st Prize at the international competition for stage directing and stage design “Ring Award” for his production of “Rigoletto”. Since then he is a freelance opera director. He has worked with the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera (Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”), Leipzig Opera House (Händel’s “Admeto”), Oper Graz (Bellini’s “La sonnambula”), Wermland Opera (Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, 2009; Bach’s “St. John Passion”, 2012; and a “Revolution Trilogy”, consisting of Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia”, Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” and Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, 2014). His most acclaimed directorial works include Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (2009, Theater Heidelberg), Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” (2010) and Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” (2011, both at Theater Bremen), Tüür’s “Wallenberg” (2012, Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe), Wagner’s “Lohengrin” (2013, German National Theatre Weimar). For his productions of Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” at the Lucerne Theatre and Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” in Karlsruhe, he was also nominated as “Opera Director of the Year” by the magazine Opernwelt (2011, 2014). In 2019 he will direct “Tannhäuser” at the Bayreuth Festival.

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