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Ulrich Rasche

Director, Designer
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Rasche created a mesmerisingly pulsating Gesamtkunstwerk

Die Zeit, Nathan der Weise, Salzburger Festspiele

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

OPER! Elektra, Grand Théâtre de Genève

A great theatrical statement

Der Standard, Die Bakchen, Burgtheater

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.

Goethe: Iphigenie auf Tauris, Burgtheater

Aeschylus: Agamemnon, Residenztheater, Munich

Lessing: Nathan der Weise, Salzburger Festspiele

Bach: Johannes-Passion, Staatsoper Stuttgart

Strauss: Elektra, Grand Théâtre de Genève

Büchner: Leonce und Lena, Deutsches Theater, Berlin

Aeschylus: Agamemnon, Athens Epidaurus Festival

Euripides: Die Bakchen, Burgtheater

Sophokles: Oedipus, Deutsches Theater, Berlin

Kristóf, Ágota: Das große Heft, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Theatertreffen

Kane, Sarah: 4.48 Psychosis, Deutsches Theater, Berlin

Kleist: Das Erdbeben in Chili, Residenztheater

Aeschylus: Die Perser, Salzburger Festspiele, Schauspiel Frankfurt

Büchner: Woyzeck, Residenztheater, Theater Basel, Theatertreffen

Schiller: Die Räuber, Residenztheater, Theatertreffen

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