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Ulrike Schwab studied opera singing and music theater directing at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, where she became involved early on with the search for new form and language in music theater. Engagements as a singer took her to the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, among others. Also with the
NKO, where she has already appeared as a soprano in five productions. As a director, Ulrike Schwab staged Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Schlossoper Haldenstein in Chur, realized her music theater evening La commedia è finita freely adapted from Donizetti’s opera Don Pasquale on the RAW grounds in Berlin, and staged the world premiere Tako Tsubo by Malte Giesen in the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin as part of the “Neue Szenen”. For the NKO she developed her own version of the opera Armida by Gluck, and premiered here her highly acclaimed productions of Wolfskinder based on Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Ist die Welt auch noch so schön.
At Radialsystem V, Ulrike Schwab directed the world premiere of Whole Body Like Gone. At the end of May 2019, her production of The Love for Three Oranges after Sergei Prokofiev could be seen in the workshop of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. In the 2021/2022 season, she will direct PAGLIACCI by Leoncavallo at Theater Bremen and COSÌ FAN TUTTE by Mozart at Folkoperan Stockholm. In August 2021, Ulrike Schwab will be presented with the Mortier Next Generation Award at the Salzburg Festival.

Involved in



An evening of music theater about the loss of home and the sense of belonging; a story about identity and growing up.

Premiere on 16. January 2020.
To 23. February 2020.

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