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Kristina Wuss Biography

Praised by the press for her ability of presenting strong characters on opera stage, German-Latvian opera stage director Kristina Wuss has directed several operatic rarities such as Giselher Klebes "Die tödlichen Wünsche" based on "La peau de chagrin" by Honoré de Balzac and Francesco Cileas "Adriana Lecouvreur" about Comédie Française. "The Wreckers" by Ethel Mary Smyth for the Stadttheater Gießen followed by "Les Naufrageurs" was nominated for directing and design in year-book "Opernwelt" 2007.

"Salome", "Carmen", "La Traviata" were the actually opera productions in Germany. "Rusalka" in Opera Nova Bydgoszcz (PL) and "Lulu" in Seoul (Korea National Opera) were actually international productions. The next short film tells about music history in Zurich. The last short film tells about Staatsoper Berlin in the last days before the reconstruction.

She studied piano, as well as stage and media directing at the same time, at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin. After completing her piano studies with a concert diploma in the class of Prof. Annerose Schmidt she also gained a degree in opera stage directing and media directing. Her successful debut as a director in Berlin was Handels "Apollo und Daphne" and Schönberg´s "Verklärte Nacht" in a dance version, "Impressions de Tristan" in French were her debut in music film.

Since her international debut as a stage director in Riga with "Woyzeck" at the New Theatre in 1994 her productions in the Baltic capital cover various musical styles and epochs, from Monteverdi/Orffs "Orfeo" to Bartóks "Bluebards Castle".

Her work has been seen amongst others at the Bolschoi Theatre Moscow, in Hong Kong Arts Festival, in Poland, Spain, Estonia. "Don Giovanni" was shown in Israel. Kristina´s production of "Alcina" was awarded the title of "Production of the Year" in Latvia.

Kristina Wuss has, in a partnership with the German Foreign Office, conceptualized several works including "Eternal way" (Schubert/Wagner), "Lenz-Monolog" and "Rinaldo" in Latvia and additionally she staged the ceremony to the end the German Presidency of the European Union on the 17th June 2007 in the Konzerthaus Berlin.

She is a prizewinner of the 1st International Stage Directing Competition of the Wagner Forum Graz and the Akademie Musiktheater Heute der Deutsche Bank Stiftung. She directed also productions about history like "White rose" in Dresden and created performances and films in extraordinary places - in Garden of Dome in Riga, in Rastrelli´s Palace Garden in Rundale in Latvia, in Airport Berlin - Tempelhof, in the Munich University etc.

Kristina Wuss has recently completed studies in Musicology and History in University of Zurich and the newly created course in Theatre and Music Management (2008) at the Bavarian Theatre Academy in Munich. Her languages are German, Latvian, Russian, English, Italian, but her opera productions often play in Paris.

Summer 2012

Munich 2012 White Rose Journey - Silvia Hauer (Mezzosoprano), Foto Linda Sieg