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ACROSS GENRES

Nikolaus Habjan

Representation: Concert

BIOGRAPHY

Nikolaus Habjan, born in Graz in 1987, is one of the most versatile and sought-after (musical) theatre directors of his generation. Winner of no less than three Nestroy Awards, he is renowned not merely as a director, but also as an actor and puppeteer, singer and art whistler, transcending genre boundaries with ease.

In season 2022/23, Nikolaus Habjan will direct new productions at the Dortmund Opera (Magic Flute), the Theater an der Wien (La Périchole) or the Semperoper Dresden (L'Orfeo), among others. As a puppeteer and art whistler, he will perform at renowned venues such as the Berlin State Opera, the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus or the Bregenz Festival.

At the age of only 15, he began exploring puppet theatre, perfecting the use of hand puppets with mobile mouths during studies with Neville Tranter. To this day, he regularly uses this style of puppet in his productions. After studying musical theatre directing in Vienna, his first puppet theatre productions were shown at the Schubert Theater in Vienna, with his work F. Zawrel – erbbiologisch und sozial minderwertig earning him his first Nestroy Award in 2012.

Nikolaus Habjan and his productions have been invited to numerous renowned theatres in Austria and abroad, including Munich’s Residenztheater, the Bavarian State Opera, Vienna's Burgtheater and Theater an der Wien as well as Zurich’s Schauspielhaus. In 2019 The New York Times published a review in its print edition praising Habjan’s work Böhm at the Graz Theatre as a “startlingly… elaborate, virtuosic romp”. During the following 2019/20 season he was appointed “Director in residence” at the Theater an der Wien, where he staged Oberon, Gounod’s Faust and in 2020 Richard Strauss’ Salome, which was nominated in 2021 for the Austrian Musical Theatre Prize. In July 2021 he directed Rheingold – immer noch Loge, an opera by Gordon Kampe, at the Bayreuth Festival, before dedicating himself to Puccini’s Tosca at the Dortmund Opera, where he has been one of the ensemble directors since 2020. This production premiered in the autumn of 2021.

In addition to his intense directing schedule, Nikolaus Habjan is an experienced and versatile actor and puppeteer, for example in his celebrated programmes with Musicbanda Franui from Eastern Tyrol, which have taken him to most major concert stages in the German-language region. He also has a passion for another, nearly forgotten artistic genre: art whistling. Hailed as “Pavarotti and Bartoli in one person” (AZ), he has specialized in virtuoso coloratura arias, which he regularly performs to acclaim at such venues as Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Berlin's State Opera or the Bregenz Festival.

2022 | 2023

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DISCOGRAPHY

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FRANUI & Nikolaus Habjan: Kreisler-Lieder
On the occasion of his 100th birthday, the East Tyrolean Musicbanda Franui and the celebrated puppeteer and actor Nikolaus Habjan are dedicating an entire album to the great song composer and word acrobat Georg Kreisler, including songs like „Tauben vergiften im Park“, „Biddla Buh“ or „Der Tod, das muss ein Wiener sein“.
Label: col legno | 2022

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CALENDAR

Nikolaus Habjan, puppeteer
Simon Meusburger, director

Habjan's solo life story of Friedrich Zawrel, tortured in Nazi Austria by the "expert" prison doctor, who met him again officially in the later Republic and locked him away again, is an ingenious puppet show for a story that probably no other division could cope with so coherently. In sparsely dosed film inserts and linguistically and playfully confidently gliding handling of the angular folding-jaw characters, this resulted in grandiose documentary and emotional theater in mutual embrace, which was awarded the Nestroy Prize.

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"Ich pfeif' auf den Tod"

Nikolaus Habjan, Art Whistler and Puppeteer
Philharmonia Schrammeln
Johannes Tomböck, violin
Dominik Hellsberg, violin
Heinz Hromada, guitar
Stefan Neubauer, clarinet
Günter Haumer, button accordion

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Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Nikola Hillebrand, La Musica (Die Musik)
Rolando Villazón, Orfeo
Anastasiya Taratorkina, Euridice
Stepanka Pucalkova, Eine Botin
Eric Jurenas, La Speranza (Die Hoffnung)
Bogdan Talos, Caronte
Ute Selbig, Proserpina
Tilmann Rönnebeck, Plutone
Simeon Esper, Apollo
Christiane Hossfeld, Eine Nymphe
Anastasiya Taratorkina, Eco (Das Echo)

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
lautten compagney BERLIN

Wolfgang Katschner, conductor
Nikolaus Habjan, stage director

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Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Nikola Hillebrand, La Musica (Die Musik)
Rolando Villazón, Orfeo
Anastasiya Taratorkina, Euridice
Stepanka Pucalkova, Eine Botin
Eric Jurenas, La Speranza (Die Hoffnung)
Bogdan Talos, Caronte
Ute Selbig, Proserpina
Tilmann Rönnebeck, Plutone
Simeon Esper, Apollo
Christiane Hossfeld, Eine Nymphe
Anastasiya Taratorkina, Eco (Das Echo)

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
lautten compagney BERLIN

Wolfgang Katschner, conductor
Nikolaus Habjan, stage director

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Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Nikola Hillebrand, La Musica (Die Musik)
Rolando Villazón, Orfeo
Anastasiya Taratorkina, Euridice
Stepanka Pucalkova, Eine Botin
Eric Jurenas, La Speranza (Die Hoffnung)
Bogdan Talos, Caronte
Ute Selbig, Proserpina
Tilmann Rönnebeck, Plutone
Simeon Esper, Apollo
Christiane Hossfeld, Eine Nymphe
Anastasiya Taratorkina, Eco (Das Echo)

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
lautten compagney BERLIN

Wolfgang Katschner, conductor
Nikolaus Habjan, stage director

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NIKOLAUS HABJAN stages "La Périchole" at the Theater an der Wien
16Jan2023
NIKOLAUS HABJAN stages "La Périchole" at the Theater an der Wien

This masterwork by Jacques Offenbach directed by Nikolaus Habjan, is just the ticket to start the new year on a humorous note!

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NIKOLAUS HABJAN | New CD with songs by Georg Kreisler
09Jul2022
NIKOLAUS HABJAN | New CD with songs by Georg Kreisler

The celebrated puppeteer and director Nikolaus Habjan and the Musicbanda Franui release an album with songs by Georg Kreisler: A homage to the 100th birthday of the great song composer, poet, musician and cabaret artist.

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NIKOLAUS HABJAN - The Art of Whistling
02May2022
NIKOLAUS HABJAN - The Art of Whistling

The Austrian multi-talent Nikolaus Habjan is familiar to many as a stage director and puppeteer, having won considerable renown for his productions and concerts far beyond the German-language region. But he also enjoys a high reputation as an Art Whistler!

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