Carmen C. Kruse
OPERA DIRECTOR & NEW WORKS COLLABORATOR
Kruse - Zwerger
An immersive VR music theater exploration of a community encounter through food. Translating the process of creating a meal, the culture that connects it, and the community into movement, video, sound, and music to reflect Verbania.
First installment of the "European Kitchen Encounters" civic music theater canon.
Winner of the CROSS Award, 5° edition and selected project for CROSS Residence 2020.
Coproduced by Civic Opera Creations, CROSS Project and Festival MAIA.
2020 - 2022
CROSS Festival, Verbania
Carmen C. Kruse is an Austrian German opera stage director, working on repertoire and new opera. Her works are shaped by an in-depth, psychological exploration of broad societal themes and their effects on individuals. Fed by first-hand accounts and community input, she creates immersive experiences, changes the relationship between orchestra and dramatic action, and presents worlds that inspire, empower, and connect.
In 2020, Carmen C. Kruse co-founded the opera start-up and creative producer, Civic Opera Creations (COCREATIONS), for which she serves as Artistic Director. Kruse recently directed the world premieres of Mischa Tangian's Morgen sehe ich mich at Kunst Haus Wien, Amy Crankshaw's Bruissements du Cosmos at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Victoria Bond's Clara at the Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden and Thierry Tidrow's micro-opera A Safe and Special Place at Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt. In 2022, she makes her Italian debut, directing the VR world premiere of Manuel Zwerger's VR-BANIA at CROSS Festival and Musiktheatertage Wien, 2023 the world premiere of her and Manuel Zwerger's new opera Great open eyes at Theater Münster and P. Martinéz, G. Kiersz and C. Kruse's The End of the world - an augmented reality walk opera follow.
Carmen C. Kruse won the CROSS Award in Italy (5t edition, October 2019), as well as the directing competition of the Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Theater Baden-Baden, and the Deutsche Bank Stiftung (April 2018), and was a finalist of the new music theater competition OPER.A 20.21 of the Fondazione Haydn Stiftung (2019) and the NOperas! Competition (2021). She is an Alumna a.o. of the Akademie Musiktheater heute (Directing-Scholarship, 2017-19), the Lincoln Center Theaters Directors Lab (2018), the BMP: Producer Academy in New York (2020), and the Women Opera Makers Workshop with Katie Mitchell at L`Académie du Festival d'Aix (2020).
Date of publication: May 2022
V. Bond: CLARA
“Staging and set design fit the lyrical, poetic work in an ideal way. The scene is not naturalistic but leaves space for the symbolic unfolding of the protagonists' inner actions in a romantic space of nature. Nobody plays the piano here, this is mediated by music alone. Robert does not fight with sheet music when he complains about his writing inhibition - Kruse chooses to let time as sand trickle through his hands. (…) A world premiere that convinced in all its parts.”
— Christoph Wurzel, OMM, 15.04.2019
© Jochen Klenk
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