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Christian Räth


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.

Musical America, Das Wunder der Heliane, Bard SummerScape

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 include the creation of a new work for Opera Philadelphia and a return to Bard Summerscape.

Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane, Bard Summerscape Festival, 2019

Weber: Der Freischütz, Wiener Staatsoper, 2018

Strauss: The Gypsy Baron, Grand Théâtre de Genève, 2017

Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri, Portland Opera, 2016

Verdi: Macbeth, Wiener Staatsoper, 2015

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta, The Dallas Opera, 2015

Verdi: King for a Day, Glimmerglass Festival, 2013

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, The Dallas Opera, 2012

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