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Johanna Freundlich

Photo: YLE
Photo: YLE

Johanna Freundlich is a Finnish-American stage director. After graduating from the Finnish Theatre Academy Directing Program in 2005, she has directed a wide range of theatre and opera productions throughout Finland. Her opera works have included The National Opera's main stage production of Puccini's "Suor Angelica", Markus Fagerudd's "Seven Dog Brothers" at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Haydn's "L'Isola Disabitata" produced by the Finnish Chamber Opera, and most recently Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo" in collaboration with Vaasa Baroque and FIBO, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. Freundlich also visualised the "L'Orfeo" production. Freundlich’s theatre directing experience includes, for example, "My Cat Yugoslavia" at the Finnish National Theatre, the six-hour-long "Angels in America" that won the Ester Prize for Performance of the Year in 2011, and "Crime and Punishment", which was invited to the Dostoevsky Festival in Veliky Novgorod, Russia. Freundlich's productions have also been mounted at, for example, the Group Theatre, KOM Theatre, the Helsinki City Theatre, Turku City Theatre, and the Helsinki Festival. Freundlich has participated in the Tampere Theatre Festival’s artistic leadership and received the Richard Wagner Association's Bayreuth Stipend. She studied for a year at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts on a Tisch Fellowship/Scholarship; her teachers included Paul Lazar and Mary B. Robinson.

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