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Nikolaus Habjan

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BIOGRAPHY

Nikolaus Habjan, born in Graz in 1987, is one of the most versatile and sought-after (musical) theatre directors of his generation. Winner of no less than three Nestroy Awards, he is renowned not merely as a director, but also as an actor and puppeteer, singer and art whistler, transcending genre boundaries with ease.

At the age of only 15, he began exploring puppet theatre, perfecting the use of hand puppets with mobile mouths during studies with Neville Tranter. To this day, he regularly uses this style of puppet in his productions. After studying musical theatre directing in Vienna, his first puppet theatre productions were shown at the Schubert Theater in Vienna, with his work F. Zawrel – erbbiologisch und sozial minderwertig earning him his first Nestroy Award in 2012.

Nikolaus Habjan and his productions have been invited to numerous renowned theatres in Austria and abroad, including Munich’s Residenztheater, the Bavarian State Opera and Zurich’s Schauspielhaus. In 2019 The New York Times published a review in its print edition praising Habjan’s work Böhm at the Graz Theatre as a “startlingly… elaborate, virtuosic romp”. During the following 2019/20 season he was appointed “Director in residence” at the Theater an der Wien, where he staged Oberon, Gounod’s Faust and in 2020 Richard Strauss’ Salome, which was nominated in 2021 for the Austrian Musical Theatre Prize.

In July 2021 he directed Rheingold – immer noch Loge, an opera by Gordon Kampe, at the Bayreuth Festival, before dedicating himself to Puccini’s Tosca at the Dortmund Opera, where he has been one of the ensemble directors since 2020. This production premieres in the autumn of 2021.

In addition to his intense directing schedule, Nikolaus Habjan is an experienced and versatile actor and puppeteer, for example in his celebrated programmes with Musicbanda Franui from Eastern Tyrol, which have taken him to most major concert stages in the German-language region. He also has a passion for another, nearly forgotten artistic genre: art whistling. A virtuoso whistler, he is specialized in breath-taking coloratura arias, which he regularly performs to acclaim at such venues as Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and the Bregenz Festival.

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Nikolaus Habjan, puppeteer | singer | emcee
Musicbanda Franui

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Nikolaus Habjan, puppeteer| singer | emcee
Musicbanda Franui

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Nikolaus Habjan, puppeteer| singer | emcee
Musicbanda Franui

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Nikolaus Habjan, art whistler| emcee
Ines Schüttengruber, piano

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Nikolaus Habjan, art whistler | emcee
Ines Schüttengruber, cembalo | piano
Nikolai Tunkowitsch, violin
Marie Spaemann, cello
Helmut Thomas Stippich, accordion & harmonica

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NIKOLAUS HABJAN as Art Whistler in Berlin State Opera
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NIKOLAUS HABJAN as Art Whistler in Berlin State Opera

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