Alvis Hermanis
Born 1965 in Riga, Latvia, Alvis Hermanis was recently named among the ten most influential European theater personalities of the last ten years by DU Magazine Swiss periodical for arts and culture. Mr. Hermanis currently works with major European theater companies, including Burgtheater Vienna, Schaubuehne Berlin, Munchner Kammerspiele and Schauspielhaus Zurich; and in opera houses including La Scala Milano, State Opera Berlin, and La Monnaie Brussels.

He has staged operas at the Salzburg Festspiele since 2012, and will continue in the 2016 season. His most recent staging there was of “Trovatore” featuring Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko in 2014. His most recent opera premieres were La Damnation de Faust with Opera de Paris, featuring Jonas Kaufman in December 2015 and “I due Foscari” with La Scala Milano, featuring Placido Domingo in February 2016. In 2018, he will direct a new staging of “Lohengrin” at the Bayreuth Wagner Festival. Mr. Hermanis’s theater productions have been presented at major theater festivals ranging from Avignon to Edinburgh, and have toured to more than 40 countries. His many accolades include the Europe Prize New Theatre Realities, the Stanislavsky Award, two Golden Mask Awards (Moscow), Max Reinhardt Pen (Salzburg Festspiele), Nestroy Preis (Austria), and the Konrad Wolf Award (Germany). He has been artistic director of The New Riga Theatre since 1997.