Regina Heer, born and bred in Winterthur, is a freelance opera director and a lecturer. Following an initial training in primary school teaching, she completed a period of training in directing and dramaturgy at the Zurich Opera House, after which she was offered fixed-term contacts as an assistant director and stage manager. There followed permanent appointments at the Lucerne and Bern Theatres and Opéra de Nice, as well as an assistant’s post at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
In 2004 she joined forces with Corina Gieré to found a pocket opera company: Operella.
Their productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Volkmar Andreae’s Casanova and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Katschei the Immortal – as well as a Barber of Seville for Oper Schloss Hallwyl, have earned the pair particular praise. In 2013, Regina Heer directed the premiere of the chamber opera Die Göttin im Kater by Paul Suits to mark Operella’s tenth anniversary. She has been lecturing in stage work at the Hochschule für Musik Basel since 2005, and since 2011 at the Lucerne School of Music. In autumn 2002 she gained a Master of Advanced Studies in Arts Management at the University of Basel.
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The Swiss photography, graphic design and movement specialist Christian Mattis has spent over 25 years directing and choreographing for soloists, groups and major events of all kinds. From the water feature in front of the parliament building in Bern to the opening ceremony of the World Gymnaestrada in Lausanne, from plays in small theatres to ballet in city theatres, the main theme always explores how people can move in a way that moves other people. Or: how can movement be packaged for the stage?
Rhythmical bodywork, placement, stage-oriented movement for musicians, dance technique, improvisation and stage design.
Training in classical and contemporary dance techniques, T’ai Chi, the F.M. Alexander Technique and choreography in Lausanne and London. Commencing 1974: freelance teacher and lecturer in various vocational training courses – music conservatories in Bern, Basel and Lucerne, and Bern University. Guest courses in Europa and Asia.
Numerous dance works, performances and productions – most recently: Limbolander for Darmstadt und Wien Modern (2014); Les Enfants de la Nuit for HEM Genève (2015); Carmina Burana in Szene in Lucerne (2015); Diabelli Machines for Orpheus Institut Gent (2016).
Many years of work at the Opernstudio Biel have resulted in bodywork techniques that are tailored to the needs of singers. This is supplemented by approaches in stage work that address the requirements of contemporary stage productions, which demand an exceptionally lively presence of interpreters.