Nicola Panzer Mise en scène

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Nicola Panzer studied opera stage direction at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Götz Friedrich. While completing her studies, she became stage director assistant at the Hamburg Staatsoper where she is still regularly working as guest director.

She has collaborated with many leading international institutions, including the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, and opera houses of Montpellier, Barcelona, Madrid, Moscow, Tokyo, Tel Aviv and São Paulo. She also works with the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, and the Salzburg and Bayreuth Festivals.

Since 1998, she has been working as a freelance opera director. She has staged Stockhausen’s Aus den sieben Tagen, a series of five performances for a young audience at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Hänsel und Gretel at the Dortmund Konzerthaus, Riders to the Sea and Il Seraglio in Frankfurt, The Bartered Bride at the Landestheater, Nabucco at the Immling Opera Festival, Les Mamelles de Tirésias in Leipzig, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Barber of Seville and The Magic Flute for the Daejeon Festival (South Korea).

Her collaboration with Robert Wilson started with Cosmopolitan Greetings (1988), a multimedia jazz opera to a score by George Gruntz and Rolf Liebermann and lyrics by Allen Ginsberg, followed by Parsifal in 1991 in Hamburg and, more recently, LUTHER-dancing with the gods in Berlin, Il Trovatore in Parma, Handel’s Messiah in Salzburg, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Grand Théâtre de Genève, as well as Otello in Athens.

At the Paris Opera: Turandot, 2021

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