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Eva Kleinitz


Born in Langenhagen in the Hanover region, Eva Kleinitz studied Musicology, Psychology and Italian Literature at Saarland University. She presented her Master's thesis on the opera Francesca da Rimini by Riccardo Zandonai and graduated with a Master's degree in the summer of 1998.
From 1991, she was regularly taken on as a facilitator and dramatist by the Bregenz Festival and many theatres and opera houses, such as Klagenfurt, Avignon, Nîmes, Paris, Strasbourg, Spoleto, Cologne and Schwetzingen, and as such, has worked with a number of directors, including Daniele Abbado, Philippe Arlaud, Götz Friedrich, David Pountney and Jérôme Savary.
From 1998, she was engaged by the Bregenz Festival as Artistic Director of the Openair Festival and Festspielhaus in Bregenz, in charge of casting, drama, contracts, workshops and programme editing. In 2000, she went on to become the Director of the Artistic Department and Personal Consultant to the Director, Alfred Wopmann, a position she held until 2003. From 2003 to 2006, she was Opera Director at Bregenz and Deputy Director of the Bregenz Festival and authorised representative under the Directorship of David Pountney.
At this time, she worked in close collaboration with stage directors such as Robert Carsen, Francesca Zambello and Phyllida Lloyd as well as many orchestra conductors including Sylvain Cambreling, Fabio Luisi, Yakov Kreizberg, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Ulf Schirmer and Marcello Viotti.
From 2006 to 2010, she took over the running of Artistic Planning and Production at La Monnaie / De Munt in Brussels (when Peter de Caluwe started as Managing Director in 2007/2008). She was Artistic Assistant to the Managing Director and a member of the Board of Directors at La Monnaie / De Munt. During this period, she worked in cooperation with stage directors Pierre Audi, Robert Carsen, Deborah Warner and Krzysztof Warlikowski and orchestra conductors René Jacobs, Hartmut Haenchen, Marc Minkowski, Kazushi Ono, Marc Soustrot, Carlo Rizzi, Christophe Rousset and Jérémie Rhorer and also choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Ann-Teresa de Keersmaeker and Sasha Waltz.
Since 2011-2012, Eva Kleinitz has been Artistic Director and Deputy Director on the Executive of the Stuttgart Opera (Managing Director Jossi Wieler, General Music Director - GMD - Sylvain Cambreling, Chief Dramatist Sergio Morabito).
This led to working in close collaboration with orchestra conductors such as Andres Erozco-Estrada, Giuliano Carella, Teodor Currentzis, Gabriele Ferro, Hartmut Haenchen, Marko Letonja, Daniele Rustioni, Michael Schoenwandt and Marc Soustrot and with the in-house General Music Director Sylvain Cambreling as well as stage directors Andrea Breth, Calixto Bieito, Andrea Moses, Peter Konwitschny, Kirill Serebrennikov, not forgetting Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito, stage directors at the Stuttgart Opera.
In October 2013, during the Autumn Congress in Wexford, Ireland, Eva Kleinitz became the first woman and the first German to be elected President of Opera Europa.
Since 2005, she has been invited on a regular basis as a guest lecturer and to run workshops at the Showa University of Music in Shinjurigaoka, the prefecture of Kanagawa, in Japan.
Since January 2015, she has been a member of the Editorial Group of the on-line opera website Opera Europa and the TV channel ARTE, backed by the European Union.
On 31 March 2016, she was unanimously appointed as Managing Director of the Opéra national du Rhin, taking up her duties on 1st September 2017. This appointment followed concertation between the French State, the cities of Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Colmar and the Region of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine. Eva Kleinitz shall take over from Marc Clémeur on 1st September 2017, who has held this position at the Opéra national du Rhin since 1st September 2009.

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