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Renowned throughout Europe, Japan and the USA, Christian’s most recent work includes an acclaimed new production of Verdi’s rarely-performed Un Giorno di Regno (King for a Day) for the 2013 Glimmerglass Festival, as well as the design and direction of a new Tristan & Isolde for The Dallas Opera using 21st century video-technology. Christian is a regular collaborator with several of the world’s leading directors, and current projects include Le Comte Ory for Opéra National de Lyon and Teatro alla Scala Milan (Pelly), La Pique Dame for Opernhaus Zurich (Carsen), as well as revival stagings of Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Lyon, La fille du régiment and Manon at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Staatsoper Wien and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Christian Räth is senior associate director for Zambello’s Ring Cycle (San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera.)
05 Mar 2014
Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of Donizetti’s comic opera La fille du régiment is currently being revived at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden by stage director Christian Räth. This...
21 Feb 2014
Christian Räth is associate director for Laurent Pelly’s new creation at Opéra de Lyon of Rossini’s comic opera Le Comte Ory - a co-production with Teatro alla Scala (where it will...
10 Jan 2014
Christian Räth returns to the Royal Opera House to revive Laurent Pelly’s highly acclaimed production of Massanet’s Manon. This co-production with Teatro alla Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera...
13 Dec 2013
Following a highly successful run at San Francisco Opera and Teatro del Liceu Barcelona earlier this year, Laurent Pelly’s stunning production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann premiere’s at...
24 Oct 2013
Stage director Christian Räth returns to Vienna with Donizetti’s comic opera for a second run after a hugely successful revival in May 2013. This worldwide acclaimed production from director...
30 Sep 2013
Following the highly acclaimed co-productions at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala Milan and the Metropolitan Opera New York, Théâtre du Capitol now plays host to Massanet’s...
12 Jul 2013
Following great success directing Tristan & Isolde for The Dallas Opera in 2012, Christian Räth returns to the US to stage a new production of Verdi’s rarely-performed comic opera...
05 Jun 2013
Following a highly successful run at Teatro del Liceu Barcelona earlier this year, Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann opens this week in San Francisco. ...
30 Apr 2013
Donizetti’s comic opera of patriotic sentiment is currently being revived in Vienna by stage director Christian Räth. This celebrated production was created in 2007 by Laurent Pelly,...
31 Jan 2013
Offenbach’s masterpiece of French Romanticism blends fantasy, the supernatural and emotion in a trio of tales through which Hoffmann, the narrator and protagonist, describes to his drinking...
The New York Times (Un Giorno di Regno, Glimmerglass Festival) - Jul 2013
Bachtrack (Un Giorno di Regno, Glimmerglass Festival) - Aug 2013
Concerto.net (Un Giorno di Regno, Glimmerglass Festival) - Aug 2013
Opera Today (Un Giorno di Regno, Glimmerglass Opera) - Jul 2013
The Globe and Mail (Un Giorno di Regno, Glimmerglass Festival) - Aug 2013
DCtheatrescene.com (Un Giorno di Regno, Glimmerglass Festival) - Jul 2013
Syracuse New Times (Un Giorno di Regno, Glimmerglass Festival) - Aug 2013
San Francisco Examiner (Les Contes d'Hoffmann, San Francisco Opera) - Jun 2013
The Classical Review (Les Contes d'Hoffmann, San Francisco Opera) - Jun 2013
Bay Area Reporter (Les Contes d'Hoffmann, San Francisco Opera) - Jun 2013
Dallas Daily Review (Tristan & Isolde, The Dallas Opera) - Feb 2012
www.theatrejones.com (Tristan & Isolde, The Dallas Opera) - Feb 2012
Pegasus News (Tristan & Isolde, The Dallas Opera) - Feb 2012
A native of Hamburg, stage director Christian Räth is renowned throughout Europe, Japan and the USA. His work encompasses a large and diverse repertoire, ranging from Wagner, Strauss, Janácěk, Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart, Britten and Bartok through to musicals and contemporary creations. In addition to creative work on new productions, he is also responsible for the staging of many revivals and is the collaborator of choice for several of the world’s leading directors, including Robert Carsen, Laurent Pelly and Francesca Zambello.
Current highlights include a highly-acclaimed new production of Verdi’s rarely-performed comic opera Un Giorno di Regno (King for a Day)for the 2013 Glimmerglass Festival, as well as the design and direction of a new production of Tristan und Isolde for The Dallas Opera in 2012. 2013/14 projects include collaborations on Le Comte Ory (Opéra de Lyon and Teatro alla Scala Milan), La Pique Dame (Zurich Opera and L’Opéra national du Rhin), as well as revival stagings of Manon (Covent Garden and Grand Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Opéra National de Lyon) and La Fille du Régiment (Covent Garden and Staatsoper Wien). Further ahead plans include several returns to Dallas (including a new staging of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in 2015).
Other recent projects include Falstaff for Washington National Opera, and revival stagings of Laurent Pelly’s celebrated La fille du régiment at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, l’Opéra national de Paris and Staatsoper Wien. He was Associate for the world première of JJR – Citoyen de Genève at the Grand Théâtre de Genève with Robert Carsen, Fidelio at l’Opéra de Lyon (also at the Edinburgh Festival) with Gary Hill, Manon at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala Milan and Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, La Vie Parisienne for Opéra de Lyon and Les Contes d’Hoffmann for San Francisco Opera, Opéra de Lyon and Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona with Laurent Pelly.
During 2010/11 Christian Räth was associate director for San Francisco Opera’s complete Ring Cycle (co-production with Washington National Opera, to be staged in Washington in 2016) in collaboration with Francesca Zambello. That same season saw revivals of her Billy Budd in Paris and Salome at the Saito Kinen Festival, and of Pelly’s l’elisir d’amore at Teatro alla Scala, Milan and at the Mariinski Theatre, St Petersburg. Projects in 2009/10 included the staging of Robert Carsen’s Ariadne auf Naxos at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Royal Opera Copenhagen, and he was associate director for both Siegfried in Washington and for La traviata in Santa Fe.
Other productions include Die Zauberflöte at Cairo Opera House, Roméo et Juliette at Houston Grand Opera, Fidelio and Luisa Miller at The Dallas Opera, and Carmen at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. He also staged revivals of Il Trovatore and Westside Story on the floating stage at the Bregenz Festival and appeared also at Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels (Mithridate), the Raimund Theatre Vienna (Rebecca (world première)), and Teatro Real Madrid (Luisa Miller).
Christian Räth obtained a masters degree in Musiktheater-Regie from the Hochschule fϋr Musik und Theater in Hamburg. He studied musicology, literature and psychology at the University of Hamburg, and also participated in several masterclasses on opera directing with Harry Kupfer. In 1995 he was invited to join the Grand Théâtre de Genève, where he held the position of staff director until 2001.