André Heller-Lopes

Stage Director

One of the most active ‘régisseurs’ for opera in Latin America, André Heller-Lopes has directed productions in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Portugal, Poland, Austria and U.K., Malaysia and the USA. He trained at the prestigious San Francisco Merola Opera Program (2001) and at Covent Garden’s Young Artist Programme (2003-2005). In 2013 he received the Britten100Award and his production of A midsummer night's dream was a finalist in the best opera production category at the 2014 Opera Awards. Distinguished in 2012 by the Epoca magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in Brazil, André Heller-Lopes is a three time winner of the “Carlos Gomes Prize” (2009/2010/2011) as best  opera stage director in Brazil and of the Argentinian Music Critics Association distinction for best production of the year 2015. A post-graduate from Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University Music School, where he has been Professor for Stagecraft and History of Opera at the Voice Department since 1996, André Heller-Lopes was awarded the Philosophy Doctor Degree (Phd) by King's College London in 2011. In August 2013 André Heller-Lopes was featured in a 9 page profile at the magazine Opera (UK). Parallel to his intensive work as a freelance stage diretor for opera, André Heller-Lopes worked as Opera Coordinator for the city of Rio de Janeiro (2003-2008), casting director the OSB - Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira  (2013), artistic coordinator for Programa Jovens Intérpretes at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, in Lisbon (2009-2011) and as Artistic Director for the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro (2017).

André Heller-Lopes' repertoire includes a wide variety of opera ranging from classical works (Medée, Le Nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo, La Finta Giardineira, Die Zauberlföte or Renaud) to major Romantic operas (Tristan und Isolde, Carmen, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, Samson et Dalila, Eugene Oneguin, Faust, Werther) and Verismo (Andrea Chenier, Adriana Lecouvreur, Tosca, Manon Lescaut), to modern masterpieces (Salomé, Ariadne auf Naxos, Der Rosenkavalier, Der Zwerg, Savitri, Jenufa) — all the way to Roger Water's rock-opera Ça Ira. One André Heller-Lopes’ most important productions was the Brazilian Ring an acclaimed take on Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Future engagements include Don Giovanni at Wroclaw Opera in Poland, Faust at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile, Turandot at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Trouble in Tahiti for the Minas Filarmonica and Aida for Theater Erfurt in Germany. In 2018 and 2019 he will direct the Brazilian premieres of Janácek’s Katya Kabanova and The Case Makropulus.

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