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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 assistant stage director, revival director and dramaturge at the Bregenz Festival and many theatres and opera houses, such as Klagenfurt, Avignon, Nîmes, Paris, Strasbourg, Spoleto, Cologne and Schwetzingen, and as such, 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, 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 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 general Manager in 2007/2008). She was Artistic Advisor to the General Manager 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.

From 2011-2012 to 2016-2017, Eva Kleinitz was Director of Opera and Deputy Director to Intendant Jossi Wieler (together with General Music Director Sylvain Cambreling, Chief Dramaturge Sergio Morabito). Amongst other distinctions, Stuttgart was awarded the title of “Opera House of the Year” by the German review “Opernwelt” for the season 2015/16.

In this position, she worked in close collaboration with 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, a position she held until May 2017.

Since 2005, she has been regularly invited as a guest lecturer and to run workshops at the Showa University of Music in Shinjurigaoka, prefecture of Kanagawa, in Japan. She also gives classes at the Accademia della Scala di Milano on a regular basis.

From January 2015 to May 2017, she was a member of the Editorial Group of the on-line opera website Opera Europa and the TV channel ARTE, backed by the European Union.

She is regularly invited on the panel of judges for international singing competitions such as the Francisco Viñas Competition, Concorso Lirico Internationale di Portofino, Aslico Como and the Paris Opera Competition etc.

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.

On 1st September 2017, Eva Kleinitz took over from Marc Clémeur, who had held this position at the Opéra national du Rhin since 2009.

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