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Ulrich Rasche signs to MA

We are delighted to welcome German director and set designer Ulrich Rasche to the Maestro Arts roster. Rasche is renowned for productions that use perpetual movement and intense lighting to create visceral experiences for the audience.

OPER! magazine described him as ‘German-language theatre’s favourite director’ and awarded him Best Stage Designer this year for his Elektra at the Grand-Théâtre de Genève. The production marked his debut in opera, a new direction in a career that began in 2002 with Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and in which he has often specialised in Ancient Greek theatre – most recently with Agamemnon and Oedipus.

Growing up near Wuppertal, he followed the work of Pina Bausch from a young age and has always been inspired by music, with projects such as the choral piece Singing! and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, A Monologue after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In April 2023 he directed Bach’s St John Passion at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

Rasche’s next new production is of Lessing’s Nathan the Wise at the Salzburg Festival, opening on 28 July.