Opera director Vera Nemirova was born in Sofia and has lived in Germany since 1982. She studied music theatre direction at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin and was an assistant to Ruth Berghaus and a master student of Peter Konwitschny. She has been active on the international scene since 1998. Her most important productions include Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Frankfurt Opera (2010–12). Recent directing work includes Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Erfurt Theatre (2016), Peter Ruzicka’s Hölderlin (2015) and Meyerbeer’s Vasco da Gama (2015) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
In 2004 Vera Nemirova directed Puccini’s La fanciulla del West at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, conducted by then music director Christian Thielemann. At the Vienna State Opera she directed The Queen of Spades in 2007 and Macbeth in 2009. In 2010 she directed Berg’s Lulu at the Salzburg Festival.
Her other productions include Weber’s Euryanthe and Verdi’s Otello at the Semperoper Dresden, Hèctor Parra’s Das geopferte Leben at the Munich Biennale, La traviata, La bohème and Idomeneo at the Mainz State Theatre, Macbeth, Faust and Tristan und Isolde at the Bonn Opera, Tosca and Peter Ruzicka’s Celan at the Bremen Theatre and Le nozze di Figaro at Latvian National Opera in Riga. In 2006 Vera Nemirova was awarded the Berlin Art Prize of the Academy of the Arts.