Ulrich RascheDirector, Designer
Rasche created a mesmerisingly pulsating Gesamtkunstwerk
Ulrich Rasche set in motion the vengeful workings of Richard Strauss’ opera Elektra...This was the first foray into the world of opera and into French-speaking territories for the German-language theatre’s favourite director, who created a visual production of dizzying mechanics
A great theatrical statement
Director Ulrich Rasche is renowned for powerful opera and theatre productions that use perpetual movement and intense lighting to create visceral experiences for the audience.
He has made a speciality of Ancient Greek theatre, most recently with Agamemnon, a co-production between the Athens Epidaurus Festival and the Munich Residenztheater (2022), and Sophocles’ Oedipus at the Deutsches Theater in 2021, as well as Sieben gegen Theben / Antigone by Aeschylus and Sophocles (2017), and Aeschylus’ Die Perser, with which he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2018.
In recent years, Rasche has brought this understanding of Greek theatre, and of the essence of the Chorus as music and rhythm, to opera, making his opera debut at the Grand Théâtre de Genève with Strauss' Elektra in 2022.
Classical music has always run through his theatrical work, though, with projects such as the choral piece Singing! (2011) and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, A Monologue after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the Sophiensælen. He directed a production of Bach’s Johannes-Passion for the Staatsoper Stuttgart, in 2023.
- Excerpts from Nathan der Weise
- Rasche on Nathan der Weise in Salzburg
- Leonce und Lena at Deutsches Theater Berlin
- Johannes-Passion in Stuttgart
- Elektra in Geneva
- Agamemnon at Epidaurus
- Die Perser at Schauspiel Frankfurt
- Rasche speaks about Die Perser in Salzburg
- Das Erdbeben in Chili from Residenztheater
- 4.48 Psychosis at Deutsches Theater Berlin
- Die Bakchen at Burgtheater
- Das große Heft at Staatschauspiel Dresden
- Woyzeck at Theater Basel