Brigitte Fassbaender returns to Oper Frankfurt this season, where she enjoyed great success with wonderful productions of Ariadne auf Naxos, this Capriccio, and Britten's Paul Bunyan and A Midsummer Night's Dream (the fourth time she has staged the work!) for the world premiere of Vito Žuraj's Blühen / Blossoming. Current plans include a new Ring at the Tirol Festival in Erl (2021 - 2023). Recent productions have included Dame Kobold and Lucia die Lammermoor at Theater Regensburg, Martha at Schloss (castle) Tabor, Henze's Der junge Lord / The Young Lord at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Die Frau ohne Schatten in Kiel, Hänsel und Gretel at the Staatstheater in Braunschweig, where she was interim Opera Director from 1995-1997, and Il barbiere di Siviglia in Bregenz. She was Intendant of the Landestheater in Innsbruck from 1999-2012, where her many successful productions included Carmen, Les Troyens, Arabella Der Rosenkavalier Elektra and a Britten cycle, Artistic Director of the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 2009-2017 and has been running the »Eppaner Liedsommer« festival since 2002. Brigitte Fassbaender enjoyed a long and triumphant career as a mezzo-soprano, appearing at leading opera houses and festivals around the world until she retired from the stage in 1995. This award winning artist and much sought-after singing teacher's career is documented by an extensive discography, of roughly 300 recordings. She was awarded an ECHO Classic in 2017 for her lifetime's achievements and the 2002 German recording critics' »Nachtigall/Nightingale« prize and her fascinating memoirs I can't stop being amazed was published by C.H, Black Verlag in 2019.