Rhein Opera Lab
Immense opportunity for emerging talents
Rhein Opera Lab
Immense opportunity for emerging talents

The Rhein Opera Lab is a "cluster" of young and talented directors, artists and singers. Many talented young people around the world are asking themselves:

  • how to be seen?
  • how to "enter" the theater?
  • where to get the budget for to bring your idea to life?
  • where can I listen to singers and how do I get to them?

The goal of the Rhein Opera Lab is to give such people the opportunity to develop in the profession and make useful contacts as well as a chance to bring their idea to life.

About Rhein Opera Lab 2024/25
This is a creative and educational project for young directors, artists and performers on the territory of a modern opera house, as a result of which a mini-performance will be staged by each director.
  • Stage 1
    Workshops and master classes
    • Workshops from the set designer, costume designer, lighting designer, sound designer, stage manager focused on director-performer interaction and work with various departments within the theatre;
    • Director's workshop;
    • Casting workshop with singers;
    • Conductor’s workshop;
    • Agent's workshop for directors and singers.
  • Stage 2
    Preparation and production
    Winter -
    early Spring
    • Approval of concepts, delivery of explications
    • Set model preparation
    • Start of production and creation of "Virtual Stage" project
    • Start of the sets production
  • Stage 3
    Festival week
    late Spring
    Each performance excerpt is an independent mini-performance with a unique concept and stage design.

    In this case, the Festival Week becomes a marketplace for theaters and agents who, following the results of the project, can obtain concepts and hire participating directors to create full-fledged productions.
"Virtual Stage" is a studio equipped with 3D design and visualization tools.

In this multidimensional space, in which directors, choreographers, artists, and designers create theatrical, concert, and museum projects. And most importantly, at the "Virtual Meeting" they can see and go through full-fledged staged rehearsals, which is a great time saviour for theatres.

Flow Projects GmbH is a licensed agent of virtual stage technology
Annual schedule for 2024/25
Preparation and work on the project will begin in 2023 and will take place throughout 2024 and 2025
  • May - June '24
    Open call
  • August - September '24
    Application processing, production teams approval
  • October '24
    Workshops and master classes
  • November '24 - February '25
    Personal work - development of the concept and explication, sketches of scenery and costumes, selection of artists (self-selected composition / selection of artists according to the Opera Lab casting )
  • End of February '25
    Presentation of explications and other parts of the project: mise-en-stages, sketches of costumes and scenery, presentation of the model, composition of performers, author's work with the score.
  • March - first two weeks of April '25
    Rehearsals is studios, development of a stage model in the Virtual Stage program, production of scenery and costumes.
  • late April - early May '25
    Stage rehearsals, final work with performers and orchestra
  • End of May '25
    Festival week
    Virtual stage presentations and performances
Position will be offered to Vasily Barkhatov
Director and Artistic Director
Vasily Barkhatov is one of the most sought-after directors of his generation. He was born in Moscow and graduated from the Russian Institute of Theater Arts in directing in 2005. IAmong his productions are Der Idiot (Weinberg) at the Theater an der Wien and Simon Boccanegra (Verdi) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He recently directed The Flying Dutchman to great acclaim at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf. Previously, he performed Giordano's Siberia at the Bregenz Festival, which will also be shown at the Bonn Opera in the 2022/23 season. At Theater Basel he staged Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina, Prokofiev's The Gambler and Puccini's Madame Butterfly. At the Erkel Theater in Budapest, Vasily Barkhatov staged Puccini's La fanciulla del West. He has staged Eugene Onegin in Stockholm and Wiesbaden, Zimmermann's The Soldiers at the Wiesbaden International May Festival and Reimann's L'Invisible at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He was commissioned also by the Frankfurt Opera, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and other theatres in Europe.
  • AJ Weissbard
    Set and space design
    A.J. Weissbard is an artist who designs with light and space to create work internationally for theater, opera, dance, video, exhibitions, permanent architectural installation, special events, and fashion. His collaborations include projects with Robert Wilson, Peter Stein, Luca Ronconi, Marina Abramovic, Bernard Sobel, Peter Greenaway, William Kentridge, David Cronenberg, Andriy Zholdak, Shirin Neshat, Gae Aulenti, Fabio Novembre, Tim Yip, Richard Gluckman, Matteo Thun, William Ivey Long, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna‎, Anthony, CocoRosie, and the Martha Graham Dance Company.
  • Gleb Filschtinsky
    Technical direction, production, lights
    Gleb Filshtinsky is one of the most experienced lighting designers & video producers, founder and artistic director of Show Consulting Studio, a person who can build a theatre from scratch. Gleb Filshtinsky's collaborations include the Opéra de Paris, the Schaubühne in Berlin, the Teatro Real (Madrid), English National Opera (London), the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), the Burgtheater (Vienna), the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), the Teatro alla Scala (Milan), the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the Deutsche Staatsoper (Berlin), the Netherlands Opera (Amsterdam), the Salzburg Festival and the Zurich Opera.
  • Moritz Junge TBC
    Costume design
    Moritz Junge is an acclaimed set and costume designer who works internationally across theatre, opera, dance and entertainment. Born in Germany, Moritz studied at the university of the arts in Berlin before coming to London to complete his MFA in set and costume design at the Slade School of Fine Art . Moritz has since worked consistently with most of the leading performing art institutions in the world such as: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Sydney Opera, Theater an der Wien, Theater Aachen, Staatstheater Mainz, Schaubühne in Berlin and others.
  • We would like to offer this position to Thomas Guggeis
    With his short-term replacement for Christoph von Dohnányi in the acclaimed new production of "Salome" at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Thomas Guggeis caused a sensation internationally and has held the title of Staatskapellmeister at this opera house since 2020/21. He also made his debut at the Vienna State Opera with "Salome" and "The Dead City". With concerts he has appeared with the Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Essen Philharmonic, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Bern Symphony Orchestra and the Boulez Ensemble. One of his most noticeable works recently includes cooperation with D. Tscherniakov as a conductor of Der Ring des Nibelungen at Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
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    Female voice
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    Male voice
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    Voice coach
Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden
The theatre has four stages, three of them in the historic house:
  • Großes Haus (Great House) with 1,041 seats.
  • Kleines Haus (Small House) with 328 seats.
  • Studio with 89 seats.
  • Wartburg, from 2003, is an additional small separate stage.
The theatre is especially dedicated to a young audience, collaborating with schools for "Schultheatertage". A professional ensemble, "Junges Staatstheater" (Young State Theater) is dedicated to children's and youth theater.

Such a youth-oriented Theatre will become a perfect center of contemporary art and new names.
Preliminary weekly workshop schedule
October 14 - October 20, 2024

We will send out invitations to attend the festival week to the following theatres
  • Germany
    Oper Frankfurt, Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt am Main
    Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Staatsoper Hamburg, Oper Leipzig, Semperoper Dresden, Oper Köln, Staatstheater Kassel Opernhaus, Aalto-Musiktheater, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Theater Freiburg, Badisches Staatstheater, Staatstheater Augsburg, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Theater Bremen, Staatsoper Hannover, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Wuppertaler Bühnen, Theater Aachen.
  • Italy
    Teatro di San Carlo, Maggio Musicale Fiorentina (Opera di Firenze), Teatro dell'opera di Roma, Fondazione Arena di Verona (Teatro Filarmonico, Arena Opera Fest), Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Massimo, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Regio di Torino, Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice, Teatro Massimo Bellini.
  • France
    Opéra national de Lyon, Opéra de Lille, Opéra national du Rhin, Opéra d'Avignon, Opéra de Toulon, Théâtre du Capitole, Angers Nantes Opéra, Opéra national de Lorraine, Opéra de Marseille, Opéra de Nice.
  • Austria
    Graz Opera House, Volksoper Wien, Theater an der Wien
  • And more
    Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands...

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