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News – Ring Award 2014



Two directors and six singers have been following the Enoa Belcanto Workshop to Gaetano Donizetti’s LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR since March 10 2014, as part of the Talent Development Program of the Dutch National Opera.

At the end of the workshop a number of scenes of this opera were performed in two different versions, sung by young singers, directed by young directors.

RING AWARD semifinals participant Daniela Kerck is one of those two young directors.
The presentation took place on 22 March at the Dutch National Opera.

Tobias Kratzer © Jörg Landsberg


Ring Award 08 winners Tobias Kratzer and Rainer Sellmaier return for a production at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

Richard Wagner’s comic ‘satyr play’ DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG closely scrutinises the world of medieval meistersinging and creates a never obsolete parable on pedantry and lack of imagination, challenging our views on artistic innovation.

DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG – Wagner’s powerful sounds pleading to be curious about novelty – continues the cycle of Wagner’s works opened by Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe with the successful production of TANNHÄUSER. Its realisation is in the hands of director Tobias Kratzer and designer Rainer Sellmaier, who as a team won all the prizes of Ring Award 2008 and introduced themselves to Karlsruhe audiences with Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Wallenberg. Opening night of DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG is on 27 April 2014.

Jim Lucassen (c) Anthony Picoré


Ring Award 08 participant Jim Lucassen presents Handel’s ARIODANTE at Aalto-Musiktheater.

Essen’s Aalto Musiktheater hired Dutch director Jim Lucassen to stage Handel’s drama per musica, ARIODANTE, which is based on an episode in Ludovico Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando furiosO and gives insight into injured soulscapes and love confusion at the Scottish court. Jim Lucassen’s concept of RIGOLETTO was nominated at Ring Award 2008 in Graz, and he presented it at Oper Graz, Komische Oper Berlin and the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. He won a special prize of the competition for having his concept realised at Theater Heidelberg. ARIODANTE will be premiered on 19 April 2014.


We proudly present the trailer to the Semifinals.

A total of 12 teams have competed to enter the Ring Award 14 Finals. They had to develop a detailed concept of the direction and the accompanying design for staging the second act of Weber’s opera DER FREISCHÜTZ. These concepts were presented at the Semifinals to the top-class RING AWARD Jury and a public audience at the assembly hall of Oper Graz.

Martina Segna


Martina Segna, Ring Award 2005 participant, designs the sets for the new production of ARABELLA.

The Easter Festival Salzburg 2014 centres in a special jubilee: the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birthday. On this occasion the festival stages a new production of ARABELLA, the last work of collaboration between Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Stage director is Florentine Klepper, a freelance director working, among others, at Staatstheater München am Gärtnerplatz, Theater Lucerne, Prinzregententheater Munich and Staatsoper Stuttgart. The sets are disgned by Martina Segna, who showed her talents at Ring Award 2005. The premiere will be at the Große Festspielhaus on 12 April 2014.

Peter Konwitschny JENUFA © Oper Graz


Virtuoso stage director Peter Konwitschny again returns to Oper Graz.

Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa is a work of downright breathtaking emotional force: the touching story around Jenůfa and her stepmother, the churchwarden’s widow, is set in the world of Moravian peasants, a world which is shaped by narrow-mindedness and bigotry, traditionalism and control, envy and jealousy.

The opera’s challenge, as Peter Konwitschny and his designer Johannes Leiacker see it, does not lie in the clouding of the viewer’s sight by allegedly picturesque forays into Moravian peasant life, but rather in exposing the human fears, desires and passions as they are found in the composition itself, making them not only audible but totally tangible and comprehensible in the theatrical presentation. Deep insight into their human souls is given by Gal James as Jenůfa and Iris Vermillion, who chose Oper Graz for her role debut as the churchwarden’s widow. Opening night is on 20 March 2014. 

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