Adriana Altaras

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Adriana Altaras was born in Zagreb (Croatia) and grew up in Italy and Germany. After graduating from High School she studied at Berlin's Academy of Performing Arts (Hochschule der Kuenste Berlin/UdK) and completed her studies at the New York University.

Ms. Altaras co-founded Berlin's famous off-stage Theater zum Westlichen Stadthirschen, and worked there as actress, director, and script writer for several years. Her performances include DER FROSCH (Achternbusch), NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (after Fellini's Le Notti di Cabiria), CLARA S. (Jelinek), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Shakespeare), and the first German performance of Leona Carrington's PENELOPE.
Furthermore, Adriana Altaras performed at the Maxim-Gorki-Theater and the Freie Volksbühne in Berlin, and at municipal theaters in Basel, Constance, and Stuttgart. For her first self-written piece, JONTEFF, Ms. Altaras performed on stages in Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Brazil.

Ms. Altaras began her directing career with a production of FRAU PARKER KANN NICHT SCHLAFEN, followed by Donizetti's L’ELISIR D’AMORE and two baroque operas, LA SORELLA AMANTE (Hasse), and TOM JONES (Philidor) at the Neukoellner Oper Berlin.
She was resident director at Berlin's Maxim-Gorki-Theater between 2002 and 2004, where she staged her own plays JUD SAUER and SORROW TO GO as well as two pieces by other authors, VAETERCHEN FROST and DAMEN DER GESELLSCHAFT. SORROW TO GO, which world premiered in 2004, was inspired by the then heated debate surrounding the construction of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, and treats how the German people approaches its past.
From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Altaras was director in residence at Potsdam's Hans Otto Theater, where she staged HOUSE AND GARDEN (Ayckbourne), JULIA TIMOSCHENKO (Altaras), DER FALL JAHNKE (Altaras) and Johann Strauss' DIE FLEDERMAUS. Her pioneering work with hyperactive children in HY’POP, migrants in UNIKATE, and Alzheimer patients in HAPPY HOUR received much attention, as did her staging of the VAGINA MONOLOGUES with various guest appearances.
Apart from these very particular theater projects, Adriana Altaras has been increasingly active as an operetta and opera director. Her productions of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (ROSSINI), ZAR AND CARPENTER, (LORZING) COMEDIAN HARMONISTS, THE MERRY WIDOW (LEHAR), PRINCE METHUSALEM (STRAUSS) and, most recently, CENERENTOLA (ROSSINI), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and TOSKA were shown in Augsburg, Aachen, Dresden, Meiningen, Osnabrück, Linz and Kassel.

Her numerous contributions to screen and tv productions include appearances in DORADO ONE WAY, DER PHILOSOPH, SIEBEN FRAUEN, DAS KONDOM DES GRAUENS und LOVE IS AROUND as well as LIEBLING KREUZBERG, SIEBENSTEIN, TOP COPS, WOLFFS REVIER, TATORT, SCHIMANSKI, GESETZ DER SERIE, APOCALYPSO, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PARADISO, KALT IST DER ABENDHAUCH, ROT UND BLAU, DER PUPPENGRÄBER and GESCHLECHT WEIBLICH, ALLES AUF ZUCKER, MEIN FÜHRER, SCHLIEMANN UND SOPHIA, PRINZ EDOUARD, MAX MINSKY UND ICH, DER VOLLIDIOT, THE COUNTESS (Julie Delpy) and KDD - Kriminaldauerdienst, DER GEWALTFRIEDEN, EIN SOMMER IN MARRAKESCH, BLOCH, NACHTSCHICHT, DANNI LOWINSKI, MORDKOMMISSION ISTANBUL ,KOMMISSAR MARTHALER, JOSEPHINE KLICK and NACHTFRAUEN.


Moreover, Ms. Altaras taught Musical at Berlin's Academy of Performing Arts (Hochschule der Kuenste Berlin), she worked as an interviewer for the Shoa Foundation, and was the Artistic Director at the Jewish Culture Days (Juedische Kulturtage) 2002 BERLIN OPEN.

Ms. Altaras was honored with the German Movie Award in 1988, the Northrhine Westfalia Drama Prize in 1993, and received the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2000 as member of the cast of Rudolf Thome’s PARADISO.

Her first book was published in March 2011: TITOS BRILLE, die Geschichte meiner strapaziösen Familie (TITO’S GLASSES, the story of my strenuous family), followed 2014 by DOITSCHA.

The documentary movie made after her first book and bearing the same title, TITOS BRILLE, was released in December 2014.

Since October 2014, Adriana Altaras writes regularly about politics, society, literature and her personal life for the new writers’ platform ZEIT ONLINE "Freitext - Feld für literarisches Denken", to be found at www.zeit.de/freitext.


Publications

News

Die jüdische
Souffleuse (Buchveröffentlichung)

Lesung Fulda
25.8.2019

Falstaff

Theatre

Theater Osnabrück
Premiere 28.9.2019

Theatre Directing

2019

Madama Butterfly
Theater und Orchester
Heidelberg
Falstaff
Theater
Osnabrück
Hier bin ich (Jonathan Safran Foer)
Staatstheater Wiesbaden

2018

Falstaff
Staatstheater Kassel
Elektra
Staatstheater Braunschweig

2017

Anna Karenina (Jenö Hubay)
Theater Bern
Rigoletto
Theater Osnabrück

2016

Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Staatstheater Kassel
Die Großherzogin von Gerolstein
Staatstheater Kassel

2015/16

Un ballo in maschera (Verdi)
Theater Bern

2015

Carmen
Theater Osnabrück
The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
Staatstheater Kassel

2014

The Merry Wives of Windsor (Otto Nicolai according to Shakespeare)
Theater Kiel, Opernhaus

2013

Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauß)
Landestheater Oberösterreich
Linz
Tosca (Puccini)
Staatstheater Kassel
Melnitz
Kulturtheater Baden / wk kulturwerk
Script: Adriana Altaras/Wolfgang Böhmer according to the novel by Charles Lewinsky world premiere
Swizzerland

2012

Pariser Leben (Jacques Offenbach)
Landestheater Oberösterreich
Linz
Fiddler on the Roof (music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book by Joseph Stein)
Theater Osnabrück

2011

La Cenerentola ossia La bontà in trionfo (Rossini)
Landestheater Oberösterreich Oper
Linz

2010

Weihnachten im Zelt (Adriana Altaras)
Theaterzelt Meiningen
Prinz Methusalem (Johann Strauss)
Staatsoperette Dresden

2009

Comedian Harmonists (Franz Wittenbrink)
Theater Augsburg
The Czar and the Carpenter (A. Lortzing)
Theater Augsburg
The Merry Widow (Franz Lehar)
Theater Aachen

2008

Der Fall Janke (Adriana Altaras, UA)
Hans Otto Theater
Potsdam
HypOp IV "Happy Hour" (Musik: Heiner Goebbels)
Staatsoper Berlin, Magazin
The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
Theater Augsburg

2007

Casimir and Caroline (Ödon v. Horvath)
Theater Augsburg
Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauß)
Hans Otto Theater
Potsdam

2006

HypOp III "Unikate" (Musik: Alex Nowitz)
Staatsoper unter den Linden
Berlin
Julia Timoschenko (Adriana Altaras u. Wladimir Kurotchkin)
Hans Otto Theater
Potsdam
Garuma - Leben im Sturm (Ad de Bont)
Theater Strahl
Berlin

2005/2006

Cavewoman (Emma Peirson)
Theater Mogul, Admiralspalast Berlin, Tollwood Winterfestival Theresienwiese
Berlin

2005

House & Garden (Alan Ayckbourn)
Hans Otto Theater
Potsdam
Sorrow to go (Adriana Altaras)
Maxim Gorki Theater
Berlin
HypOp II "Kennen wir uns nicht aus Biarritz?" (Musik: Benjamin Rinnert)
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Berlin

2004

Väterchen Frost (Annette Reber)
Maxim Gorki Theater
Berlin
HypOp I (Musik: Juliane Klein)
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Berlin

2003

Women (Claire Boothe Luce)
Maxim Gorki Theater
Berlin

2002

Jud Sauer (Adriana Altaras)
Maxim Gorki Theater
Berlin
Tom Jones (Jean Jacques Philidor)
Neuköllner Oper
Berlin

2001

The Vagina Monologues (Eve Ensler)
Arena
Berlin

2000

Die Gefilde des Himmels (Ein Theaterabend über Engel und Dämonen - Isaac B. Singer)
Jüdisches Museum
Berlin
La Sorella Amante (Joh. A. Hasse)
Neuköllner Oper
Berlin

1998

Der Liebestrank/L'elisir d'amore (Gaetano Donizetti)
Neuköllner Oper
Berlin

1997

Marry Me a Little (Stephen Sondheim)
Landestheater Neustrelitz

1996

Frau Parker kann nicht schlafen - Ein Notturno (Adriana Altaras/Wolfgang Böhmer)
Neuköllner Oper
Berlin

1994

Die Hose (Carl Sternheim)
Theater Tribühne
Stuttgart
Was gibt's Neues vom Krieg?/Quoi de neuf sur la guerre? (Robert Bober)
Probebühne Berliner Ensemble
Berlin

1991

Der letzte Waschgang (Musical from the troupe "College of Hearts")