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Sjaron Minailo

Opera director, visual artist and performer. He is the artistic director of Studio Minailo – a laboratory for experimental music theatre and opera performances. Minailo specialises in highly visual site-specific opera performances that break the boundaries of the traditional opera space and experience. His work is often a reaction to or reflection on social and political developments and aesthetic transformation of cultures. Alongside classical and contemporary repertory, he is also known for new creations based on compositions that were not necessarily created to be staged and new collaborations with contemporary composers. Minailo is the director of numerous productions, including the white cube opera trilogy “Pornographia – Megalomania– Nostalgia”; his adaptation of Malevich’s opera “Victory Over the Sun” for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; on-going installation “Rothko Chapel” based on the composition of Morton Feldman and his digital work “The Transmigration of Morton F.” commissioned by the Holland Festival and Opera La Monnaie. He has worked with orchestras such as Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residency Orchestra, Opera Brno, Dutch National Opera, Poznań Opera and La Monnaie in Brussels and has been featured yearly at the opera festival Operadagen Rotterdam since 2008. Minailo created and directed “Medúlla”, an opera based on Björk’s album, as well as “Before Present” in collaboration with Amsterdam Dance and Dutch National Opera. Minailo was shortlisted in “Young Director” category at International Opera Awards (2016). Studio Minailo collaborated with Muziektheater Transparant, Concertgebouw Brugge and Opera Days Rotterdam on a production of “Nightshade: Aubergine” with Claron McFadden. Sjaron Minailo also directed and designed the costumes to Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” for Poznań Opera.