News – Ring Award

Der Goldene Hahn


Nikolaus Webern, who in 2011 with his stage design for a new reading of the operetta “DIE FLEDERMAUS” (THE BAT”) won the “”, now together with stage director Johannes Pölzgutter enters Alexander Pushkin’s dreamlike fairy-world at the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken. He designs the sets for Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov’s opera “THE GOLDEN COCK” (“LE COQ D’OR”), which combines Russian folklore and fairy dreams as well as fantastic and everyday elements. At the same time this Russian jewel based on Pushkin’s eponymous fairytale is a biting satire that throws penetrating light on military incompetence, aristocratic stupidity, and political corruption.
Opening night on March 14th 

L'Enfant et les Sortilèges

With a Child’s Eyes

The French stage director Sandra Pocceschi, who together with her Swiss team mate Cristina Nyffeler just missed entering the RING AWARD 14 finals, now shows her interpretation of Ravel’s “L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES“ at the Opéra National de Montpellier.  Maurice Ravel’s gem of an opera, which is influenced by jazz and popular music, offers a survey of episodes and styles full of love of life and poetry with the eyes of a child.

Opening night 26 February. 

Salome © Thilo Beu

Head off!

At RING AWARD 2005, the Hungarian stage director and set designer Magdolna Parditka, together with her team mates Anna Malunat and Jan Kattein, won the Ring Award, the Prize of the Province of Styria, and the Prize of the City of Graz.

In 2013, Magdolna Parditka together with director Alexandra Szemerédy opened the new season at Oper Bonn with George Benjamin’s “WRITTEN ON SKIN”. This was immediately following the announcement of her nomination for the Faust Prize of the Deutscher Bühnenverein in the category “Direction Musical Theatre”. The unconventional team of directors has been in close artistic cooperation ever since their joint musical education at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest. Now both return to Oper Bonn for the direction and design of Richard Strauss’s “SALOME”.

Opening night 1 February 2015.

Der Freischütz © Katrin Ribbe

Hit the Bull’s Eye

The German set designer Kathrin Lea Tag, winner of RING AWARD 2007, has worked for renowned theatres and opera houses (among others, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Burgtheater Wien, Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Königlich Dramatisches Theater in Stockholm, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hannover, English National Opera in London, Komische Oper in Berlin, LA Opera, and many more); in cooperation with equally well-known directors (among others, Barrie Kosky, Intendant Komische Oper Berlin and RING AWARD jury member, Christiane Pohle, and Dimiter Gotscheff, whose production of “IVANOV” was even invited  to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2006).

In a further cooperation she designed the costumes for internationally acclaimed director Michael Thalheimer’s “DER FREISCHÜTZ” (“THE MARKSMAN”) at Staatsoper Berlin. To be seen until 8 February.

ATMEN (c) Lupi Spuma/Schauspielhaus Graz

3 questions to …

Director Sam Brown, winner of the RING AWARD 11, returns to Graz and stages for the first time at the Schauspielhaus Graz. Duncan Macmillan’s play “ATMEN/LUNGS” investigates the interlocking of private and global conflicts at the beginning of the new millennium .
Read an interesting interview with Sam Brown to his new staging here.


DAS KIND UND DIE ZAUBERDINGE (c) Saarländischen Staatstheater

Animated Nursery

RING AWARD 14 semifinalists Sandra Pocceschi (France) and Cristina Nyffeler (Switzerland) narrowly missed entering the finals and were therefore selected by the jury as the reserve team. Their project read “DER FREISCHÜTZ” (“THE MARKSMAN”) as “an uncanny psycho thriller with a political dimension that reflects the driving forces of the music”.

Now Cristina Nyffeler and her sister Franziska have been invited by Saarländisches Staatstheater to design Maurice Ravel‘s children’s opera “L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES” (“THE CHILD AND THE SPELLS”). This production at Saarbrücken, framed by Ravel’s “PAVANE POUR UNE INFANTE DÉFUNTE” and the second suite of “DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ”, transforms the nursery into a magical landscape and brings this fantastic world to life by plotted sets which vibrate by animation.

Opening night is on 25 January 2015.

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