The real genius, however, is Räth, a director who really seems to understand what the music “means” and in particular how that can be used to clarify and illuminate the densely expressionistic storyline. He’s sensual when he needs to be sensual while turning dark and dangerous when the music indicates it. At every turn he senses the proper focus while encouraging his intelligent singers to act their socks off... He moves his pieces with immaculate timing and a real eye for the stage picture… Opera productions don’t get much better than this.
A native of Hamburg, director Christian Räth is renowned throughout Europe, Japan and the USA. His work takes him to many of the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera New York, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Opéra national de Paris and the Royal Opera House London.
Recent projects include an acclaimed Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane at the Bard Summerscape Festival, Der Freischütz and Macbeth at the Wiener Staatsoper, Le Baron Tzigane at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Kiss Me Kate for the Haut ecole de musique de Genève. Other work includes L’Italiana in Algeri in Portland, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta for Dallas Opera, Verdi’s rarely-performed comic opera Un Giorno di Regno (King for a Day) for the Glimmerglass Festival and the design and direction of Tristan und Isolde for The Dallas Opera. Projects this season include the creation of a new work for Opera Philadelphia.
Christian Räth directs US premiere of Korngold rarity at Bard SummerScape.30 August 2019
A magnificent Offenbach staging delights in Lyon24 June 2019
Brilliant staging marks the return of 'Falstaff' to the Teatro RealEl Pais 2 May 2019
Der Freischütz premieres in Vienna after a break of 19 yearsChristian Räth 12 June 2018
Christian Räth returns to Geneva with The Gypsy Baron8 January 2018
A fun and feisty trip through the woods with Hansel and Gretel in Seattle18 October 2016
Christian Räth brings the Italian Girl to Portland19 July 2016
Christian Räth's revisits Zambello's Ring for Washington National Opera29 April 2016
Christian Räth opens the Wiener Staatsoper season with Macbeth24 September 2015