Busy opera director is named head of Vienna’s Burgtheater

It is being described as a high-risk appointment: Martin Kusej, 55, former head of drama at the Salzburg Festival will take over Vienna’s main theatre in 2019.

Kušej’s opera productions include:

La clemenza di Tito and Don Giovanni at Salzburg,  ZauberflöteElektra and Genoveva in Zurich, Fidelio in Stuttgart, Salome in Graz, Carmen for Berlin State Opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for Dutch National Opera, Paris Opéra and Teatro Real, Madrid, Der fliegende Holländer for Dutch National Opera, The Rake’s Progress for Theater an der Wien and MacbethRusalka and La forza del destino for Bavarian State Opera. In 2014 he directed Idomeneo at Covent Garden.

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