Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie, Opera Rara, Kraków, 2019 (detail) View full image

Sjaron Minailo

Director, Designer
© Elisa Mendez

Minailo created a spectacle with French elegance, keeping balanced proportions between music, word and movement. Thus, he proved that it is possible to build a bridge connecting the past and centuries-old tradition with a contemporary interpretation. This harmonious performance, created with respect for the music is a tribute to the history and style of French baroque opera. It is exactly the golden mean: unobtrusive perception, not transposed, reflecting the artistic values of the work

Agnieszka Lakner, Magiczny Kraków, Hippolyte et Aricie, Opera Rara, Kraków

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. Minailo is specialised 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 aesthetic transformation of cultures. Alongside classical and contemporary repertoire he is also known for new creations based on compositions that were not necessarily created to be staged and new collaborations with living composers. Minailo is the director of numerous multi-disciplinary projects, 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 compositions of Morton Feldman and his digital work The Transmigration of Morton F. commissioned by the Holland Festival and La Monnaie, Brussels; Before Present, a collaboration with Dutch National Opera and Amsterdam Dance and Nightshade: Aubergine with Claron McFadden for Muziektheater Transparant, an exploration of the common roots of various cultures, focussing on one of the most iconoclastic ingredients in the culinary scene, the aubergine.

In previous seasons Minailo created and directed the new opera Medúlla based on the album with the same title by Björk at La Monnaie, Brussels; a location performance based on Morton Feldman’s Three Voices for Joan La Barbara (ENOA, La Monnaie, Nuit Blanche Brussels); the opera To Be Sung by Pascal Dusapin (La Monnaie), Händel’s Semele for Operadagen Rotterdam, Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie for Opera Rara, Kraków, Future Opera for Bergen National Opera and Die Zauberflöte for Teatr Wielki, Poznań, among others. Future plans include returns to Bergen National Opera, Dutch National Opera, Muziektheater Transparant, Opera Rara, Kraków, and various international debuts.


  • Artist-Curator, Opera Forward Festival
  • Course Leader, Re:master Opera, Sandberg Instituut

Van Parys, Annelies: Notwehr (World Premiere), La Biennale di Venezia

Minailo: Retrotopia (World Premiere), Medynės Festival

Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie, Opera Rara, Kraków

Future Opera (World Premiere), Borealis Festival/Bergen National Opera

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, Teatr Wielki, Poznań

Minailo: Arariboy (World Premiere), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Handel: Semele, Operadagen Rotterdam

Björk: Medúlla (World Premiere), La Monnaie / De Munt, Brussels

Malevich: Victory over the Sun, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam