Andrew Nienaber

STAGE DIRECTOR

Andrew Nienaber

(he/him/his) Andrew Nienaber is a stage director and the Artistic Director of Permian Basin Opera,. His productions of The Barber of Seville have been called "a rousing success" and “legitimately hilarious”, and his Elixir of Love, awarded the American Prize for "Best Opera Performance of the Year", was hailed as "utterly, fabulously engaging," and "...one of the most charming entertainment experiences you can have this season..."

Opera Orlando
Stage Director, 2020-Present
Permian Basin Opera
Artistic Director, 2019-Present
Penn Square Music Festival
Stage Director, 2019
Salt Marsh Opera
Stage Director, 2019
Opera Idaho
Stage Director, 2017-Present
Michigan Opera Theatre
Assistant Director, 2016-2018
The Dallas Opera
Assistant Director, 2014-2015
Cincinnati Opera
Assistant Director, 2007-2018
Florida Grand Opera
Assistant Director, 2007-2010
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Schedule

Glory Denied
Stage Director

Penn Square Music Festival, 2019

Tosca
Stage Director

Permian Basin Opera, 2018

The Elixir of Love
Stage Director

Permian Basin Opera, 2020

The Elixir of Love
Stage Director

Resonance Works, 2014

The Daughter of th...
Stage Director

Opera Orlando, 2020

La Boheme
Stage Director

Opera Idaho, 2020

The Magic Flute
Stage Director

Salt Marsh Opera, 2019

Rusalka
Stage Director

Resonance Works, 2018

Don Giovanni
Stage Direcctor

Opera Idaho, 2018

Tosca
Stage Director

L'Opera de Montreal, 2017

The Elixir of Love
Stage Director

Hubbard Hall Opera, 2017

Tosca
Stage Director

Opera Idaho, 2017

The Barber of Sevi...
Stage Direcctor

Hubbard Hall Opera, 2013

Tosca
Stage Director

Opera Birmingham, 2019

The Elixir of Love
Stage Director

Opera Idaho, 2017

The Magic Flute
Stage Director

Piedmont Opera, 2015

The Barber of Sevi...
Stage Director

Piedmont Opera, 2013

Biography

Andrew Nienaber is the Artistic Director of Permian Basin Opera, helping to guide the company’s artistic vision as they venture into the business of producing opera. His productions of The Barber of Seville for Piedmont Opera and Hubbard Hall Opera have been called "a rousing success" by the Winston-Salem Journal, and “legitimately hilarious” by Berkshire Fine Arts, and his Elixir of Love for Resonance Works Pittsburgh, awarded the American Prize for "Best Opera Performance of the Year", was hailed as "utterly, fabulously engaging," and "...one of the most charming entertainment experiences you can have this season..." His other directing credits include Tosca for l'Opera de Montreal, Opera Idaho, Opera Birmingham and Permian Basin Opera; Rusalka for Resonance Works Pittsburgh; The Elixir of Love for Opera Idaho, Permian Basin Opera and Hubbard Hall Opera; Glory Denied for Penn Square Music Festival; and Don Giovanni for Opera Idaho. As an Assistant Director he has been on the directing staff of several major opera companies around the nation, including Dallas Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Ft. Worth Opera and Central City Opera. He was the stage director for Opera Pacific’s acclaimed Opera Camp program, including the world premiere of Das Püppet, a pastiche of Wagner and Beethoven with a story written by children, and the United States premiere of The Star Child, for which he wrote the English libretto.
"This was a production that showed just how energizing, compelling, and broadly appealing an opera can be.”
— CVNC

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