Margo Zālīte

Stage Director

MARGO ZĀLĪTE, the “Siberian from Riga”, lives in Berlin and through the intermediation of musical theatre studies space-time, innumerable mentalities and worldviews. Her studies in visual anthropology at the Free University of Berlin, opera directing studies at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music master’s programme, as well as the experience she gained working on multidisciplinary projects of varying scales in Latvia have been an important foundation for the director’s stage interpretation. Margo Zālīte describes her work as “moving pain paintings” that, in a free flow, balance between reality and imagination. Numerous opera productions have been created in the director’s interpretations. In Berlin these include G. Verdi’s La traviata, R. Wagner’s Die Walküre, B. Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, W. A. Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and D. Przybylski’s chamber opera Fall. Orphee, Przybylski’s opera as well, was produced at the Warsaw Chamber Opera and Verdi’s Rigoletto, The Potato Opera (a collaborative work by six Latvian composers) and Mozart’s The Little Magic Flute – at the Latvian National Opera. Margo Zālīte has assisted on productions by Calixto Bieito, Jürgen Flimm, Katie Mitchell, Elfi Mikesch, and other notable directors at the Berlin State Opera, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Graz Opera, the Flemish Opera, and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and elsewhere. In collaboration with many outstanding musicians (Gidon Kremer/ Kremerata Baltica, Māris Sirmais, the State Choir Latvija, the youth choir Kamēr… a.o. – Margo Zālīte has carried out many significant concert productions and other multidisciplinary performances in Latvia and abroad.


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