Inga Levant

Opera Director


Gioachino Rossini
Theater Heidelberg
Premiere: 21.04.2023, 19:30h

Inga Levant in rehearsal with Martha Mödl

Photo by Eduard Straub

Inga Levant was born in St.Petersburg, lived in Tel-Aviv and London, now lives in Berlin. Education includes music (piano) and theatre in Tel-Aviv University.


From 1993 works as a freelance opera director. Has directed operas in many European countries as well as in Israel and Australia. Five times was nominated for the director of the year by Opernwelt.


Most of her work is new or unknown operas as well as an unconventional take off on the traditional repertory. Some of her productions are: IL TROVATORE for Opera North (UK), SALOME and BORIS GODUNOV for Staatstheater Stuttgart, EUGEN ONEGIN for Nationaltheater Mannheim, OTELLO for Opernhaus Kiel, the German premiere of DREI SCHWESTERN by Peter Eötvös for Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, KULLERVO by Aulis Sallinen and DIE EROBERUNG VON MEXICO by Wolfgang Rihm for Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, ŠÁRKA by Zdenek Fibich for the Wexford Festival Ireland, SNATCHED BY THE GODS/BROKEN STRINGS by Param Vir for Asia Festival in Vienna, CAVALLERIA/PAGLIACCI for Prague State Opera, IL DILUVIO UNIVERSALE by Donizetti for the St.Gallen Festival (Switzerland) and DIE TOTE STADT for Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg/Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, which was filmed by Arthaus and is available on DVD.


She is fluent in English, Russian, Hebrew and less fluent in German and Italian.

Gloomy masterpiece as near to perfection as you could hope. (The Times)

Inga Levant is in total control of a clever transition between worlds of poetical and fantastical. (Le Monde)

Remarkable, strong and expressive directing. (Le Figaro)

Inga Levant plays with levels and forms with richness of ideas, lots of fantasy and truly anarchic humour. (Opernnetz)

Bubbling liveliness in brilliantly played and choreographed scenes... Reality and dream blend into masterful pictures. (BNN)

A seriously brilliant new production... an international hit. (The Guardian)

Inga Levant skilfully spices her convincing stage concept with a pinch of black humour. (Münsteraner Zeitung)

The opera becomes a truly great theatrical event thanks to the direction of Inga Levant. (Gießener Allgemeine)

Masterful and precise, sensitive and full of humour. (Frankfurter Rundschau)

Clever directing. Great evening. (SR 3)

Staging of compelling intensity building relentlessly to a conclusively tragic conclusion. (The Independent)

Highly charged and illuminating.
(The Opera Magazine)