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Nicola Panzer returns to HGO for the first time since 1992’s Parsifal. She has worked as an independent opera director since 1998 and serves as guest director at Hamburg State Opera. She has directed productions for LA Opera, De Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, Covent Garden London, Opéras Châtelet, and Bastille in Paris, as well as the festivals in Salzburg, Bayreuth, and Spoleto, and in many international theaters including Montpellier, Bologna, Moscow, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, São Paulo, and Perm. She staged Stockhausen’s Aus den sieben Tagen and five productions in the Seria Opera Piccola at the Hamburg State Opera; Hansel and Gretel at Konzerthaus Dortmund; Riders to the Sea and The Abduction from the Seraglio in Frankfurt; The Bartered Bride at the Landestheater Linz; Nabucco at the Opera Festival Immling; Les Mamelles de Tirésias in Leipzig; and The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, and The Magic Flute for the Daejeon Spring Festival, South Korea. Since 1997 Panzer has held diverse lectureships at the universities for music and theater of Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Essen, and Rostock. Her collaboration with Robert Wilson started with Cosmopolitan Greetings (1988), a multimedia jazz opera with music by George Gruntz and Rolf Liebermann based on text by Allen Ginsberg, and with Parsifal (1991), both in Hamburg. Recently she worked as co-director on Luther – Dancing with the Gods in Berlin, Le Trouvère at Verdi Festival Parma, and The Messiah at Mozart Week Salzburg and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. She studied music theater directing with Götz Friedrich at Hamburg’s Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

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