The Austrian director Valentin Schwarz studied Musiktheater-Regie, economics and philosophy in Vienna. In 2017, he won the main prize, the audience prize and numerous special prizes in the form of staging offers at the international Ring Award together with his set designer Andrea Cozzi. He acquired important artistic impulses as an assistant in collaboration with Jossi Wieler, Armin Petras and Kirill Serebrennikov. Valentin Schwarz has successfully staged works by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini at Oper Köln, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Opéra Montpellier, Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Staatsoperette Dresden, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Theater an der Wien (Kammeroper) and the Nationaltheater Weimar, among others.
In addition to the Ring Award, Valentin Schwarz was awarded the Würdigungspreis and Leistungsstipendium of the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien and the Start-Stipendium of the Austrian Ministry of Culture and was a scholarship holder of Opera Europa, the interdisciplinary study support organisation Pro Scientia and the Richard-Wagner-Stipendienstiftung Bayreuth.
Engagements in Bayreuth