Opera director Vera Nemirova was born in Sofia and has lived in Germany since 1982. She studied music theatre direction at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin and was an assistant to Ruth Berghaus and a master student of Peter Konwitschny. She made her debut as a stage director at the Semperoper Dresden in 1998. In 2002, she staged Gräfin Maritza at the Volksoper Wien; that was the beginning of her international career. Her most important productions include Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Frankfurt Opera (2010–2012) and Die Walküre conducted by Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival (2017) in the co-production with the Beijing Music Festival.
Recent directing works include Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Frankfurt Opera (2018), and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Erfurt Theatre (2016), as well as Peter Ruzicka’s Hölderlin (2015) and Meyerbeer’s Vasco da Gama (2015) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 2004 Vera Nemirova directed Puccini’s La fanciulla del West at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, conducted by Christian Thielemann. At the Vienna State Opera she directed The Queen of Spades in 2007 and Macbeth in 2009. In 2010, she directed Berg’s Lulu at the Salzburg Festival. Her other productions include Weber’s Euryanthe and Verdi’s Otello at the Semperoper Dresden, Hèctor Parra’s Das geopferte Leben at the Munich Biennale, La traviata, La bohème and Idomeneo at the Mainz State Theatre, Macbeth, Faust and Tristan und Isolde at the Bonn Opera, Tosca and Peter Ruzicka’s Celan at the Bremen Theatre and Le nozze di Figaro at the Latvian National Opera in Riga.
In 2006, Vera Nemirova was awarded the Berlin Art Prize of the Academy of the Arts.
Photo: Lutz Edelhoff