Swiss stage director of musical theatre, Nina Russi, was awarded the “Götz Friedrich Prize” in 2019 for the Leonard Bernstein double evening “Trouble in Haiti” / “A Quiet Place” at Theater Aachen. Furthermore, she was a semifinalist at the RING AWARD 2020 in Graz with a concept to Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”.

In the season 2021/22 Nina Russi staged Vivaldi’s “Bajazet (Il Tamerlano)” at Staatstheater Nürnberg, Janáček’s “The Makropulos Case” at Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, as well as Verdi’s “La traviata” at Theater St. Gallen. In the season 2022/23 Russi will, among other things, bring Handel’s “Serse” onto the stage of Opera Zürich.

Past stagings at Opera Zürich include Mark-Anthony Turnage‘s fantasy opera „Coraline“, the much acclaimed world premiere of the chamber opera „Der Traum von Dir“ by Swiss composer Xavier Dayer based on the novella „Brief einer Unbekannten“ by Stefan Zweig, as well as the two contemporary children operas „Die Gänsemagd“ by Iris ter Schiphorst and „Gold!“ by Leonard Evers. At Theater Winterthur and at Konzert Theater Bern she staged the world premiere of the family opera „Reise nach Tripiti“.

As a scholarship holder Russi took part in several international theatre programmes: International Summer Arts Program in Watermill, New York, under the artistic direction of Robert Wilson; Directors’ Lab at Lincoln Theater Center in New York; International Forum at the Berliner Theatertreffen; Scholarship Programme of the Richard Wagner Society at the Bayreuth Festival. A direction scholarship of the European Network of Opera Academies brought her to the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw as well as to the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. In addition, she participated in the Woman Opera Makers Workshop at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence led by Katie Mitchell.

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La traviata / Theater St. Gallen / 20.03.22 /
St. Vorarlberger Nachrichten

"So schnell ist sich ein Auditorium selten einig, etwas Außergewöhnliches erlebt zu haben." 

Bajazet (Il Tamerlano) / Staatstheater Nürnberg / 25.10.21 /

"historisch informiert, im Heute spielend und gelungen" 

Coraline / Zurich Opera / 16.11.19 /

"Action inmitten roter Samtsessel und Stuck" 

Trouble in Tahiti & A Quiet Place / Theater Aachen / 16.02.19 /

"gelingt eine so unglaublich feingliedrige und auf den Punkt gebrachte Inszenierung" 

Trouble in Tahiti & A Quiet Place / Theater Aachen / 10.02.19 /

"Bemerkenswert phantasievoll und voll Funken sprühendem Witz" 


Standing Ovation for Nina Russi's "Traviata" in St. Gallen!
"So schnell ist sich ein Auditorium selten einig, etwas Außergewöhnliches erlebt zu haben", the Voralberger Nachrichten writes about the premiere of Nina Russi's „Traviata“ on March 19 at Theater St. Gallen.
The staging, which is told from a female perspective, positions the story of Violetta in the centre and creates "echte Frauenpower". (St. Galler Tagblatt)

The production can still be seen and heard on the following nights:
1./20./24. April, 1./8./21./25./30. Mai und 9. Juni

© Photo: Ludwig Olah
Successful premiere in Würzburg
Nina Russi’s new staging of Leoš Janáček’s „The Makropulos Affair“ could finally celebrate its premiere on January 30th! The fragility and meaning of life play an important role in this piece, making it bear an inadvertent, absurd relation to the currently raging pandemic.   

Further performances: 04.03., 12./20./27.04. and 08./14.05.

© Photo: Mainfranken Theater Würzburg (Nik Schölzel)

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