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Sjaron Minailo

Director, Designer, Performance Artist, Librettist
© Elisa Mendez

Minailo's direction wanted to bring the music alive on stage, with a strong emphasis on interaction between the main players. He had at his disposal Sophie Maczewski, a solid player at Studio Minailo, and Mira Helmer, an extremely agile performer and long time collaborator with Minailo, so he had all the ingredients to achieve his ultimate goal.

Jacqueline van Rooijn, Opera Magazine

Sjaron Minailo is an Israeli opera director and performer living and working in Amsterdam. He is the artistic director of Studio Minailo – a laboratory for experimental music theatre and opera performances. Minailo is specialized in highly visual Site-Specific opera performances that break the boundaries of the traditional opera space and experience. His work is often a reaction to or reflection on social and political developments and esthetic transformation of cultures. Alongside classical and contemporary repertory he is also known for new creations based on compositions that were not necessarily created to be staged and new collaborations with living composers.

He has participated in the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme of Aldeburgh and the European Network of Opera Academies; he received the Fast Forward prize from the Dutch Performing Arts fund and is the beneficiary of numerous grants. He was shortlisted for the 2016 ‘Young Director’ category at the International Opera Awards.

Minailo is the director of numerous productions, including the white cube opera trilogy Pornographia-Megalomania-Nostalgia; his adaptation of Malevich’s opera Victory Over the Sun for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; his ongoing installation Rothko Chapel based on the composition of Morton Feldman and his digital work The Transmigration of Morton F. commissioned by the Holland Festival and Opera La Monnaie. He has worked with orchestras such as Asko/Schönberg Ensemble, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Residency Orchestra and organizations such as Opera Brno in Czech Republic, Dutch National Opera, Opera Poznan and La Monnaie / De Munt in Brussels and has been featured yearly at the opera festival Operadagen Rotterdam since 2008.

Future Opera, Borealis Festival/Bergen National Opera, 2018

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, Teatr Wielki, Poznań, 2017

Arariboy, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016

Handel: Semele, Operadagen Rotterdam, 2015

Björk: Medúlla, La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels, 2015

Malevich: Victory over the Sun, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2013