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Tobias Kratzer


German director Tobias Kratzer makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season directing Fidelio.

Kratzer studied art history in Munich and Bern and went on to study opera directing at the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding. His early productions included Brecht and Weill’s Die Sieben Todsünden and Die Verlobung in St Domingo after Heinrich von Kleist (Munich Akademietheater, 2006 and 2008). His first collaboration with designer Rainer Sellmaier, with whom he now regularly works, came in 2006 with La traviata (Munich Reaktorhalle). Kratzer’s more recent opera productions have included Tannhäuser (2019 Bayreuth Festival), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam), Der Zwerg (Deutsche Oper Berlin), L’Africaine and La forza del destino (Frankfurt Opera), Lucio Silla (La Monnaie, Brussels), Götterdämmerung, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Le Prophète (Karlsruhe), Der Zwerg (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Zoroastre (Komische Oper Berlin), Aida (Estonian National Opera), Edgar (St Gallen), Bastien und Bastienne/Eine florentinische Tragöde (Oper Halle), Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le nozze di Figaro and Fidelio (Wermland Opera, Karlstad, Sweden), L’italiana in Algeri (Weimar) and Les Huguenots (Nuremberg and Nice).

Kratzer’s awards include the Faust Theatre Prize for his production of Götterdämmerung in Karlsruhe (2018) and the Graz Ring Award (2008). He was voted Director of the Year 2018 by Deutsche Bühne magazine.