Dmitri Bertman was born in Moscow in 1967. He studied at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in the class of professor G.P. Ansimov and in 1990 became music theatre director of the Elizabet Buhne Theater in Salzburg, Austria.
During this season of 2013-2014 Dmitri Bertman will direct Tchaikovskij’s Eugen Onegin at the NorrlandsOperan in Umeå, Sweden and later on in the spring he will direct Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss at Malmö Opera in Malmö, Sweden.
In previous seasons Mr Bertman staged Gounod’s Faust at The Estonial National Opera in Tallin, 2012. And ealier in the season of 2010 – 2011 he directed Andrea Chenier at The Royal Opera in Stockholm and Othello by Verdi at The Norrland Opera house, Umeå (Sweden).
In 1990 Dmitri Bertman established Helikon Opera Moscow; the status of State Municipal Theatre was conferred three years later. Helikon Opera soon became popular throughout the world, with visits to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Salzburg Festspielhaus, Montpellier Opera Berlioz and Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées amongst many others. Dmitri Bertman’s productions were presented at numerous international festivals. These include The Mermaid at Wexford, 1997; Cosi fan Tutte at Ludwigsburg, 1999; Die Fledermaus with Maestro Rostropovich at Evian, 2000; Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Santander, 2001; Aïda at the Verdi Festival, Strasbourg, 2001; Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Lulu at Santander and at the Peralada Festivals, 2002; Norma at Santander Festival, 2004; La Clemenza di Tito at Merida Festival, 2004; Nabucco with Massy Opera, Duo Dijon and Helikon, 2004.
His expertise is in demand everywhere. For years he is cooperating with the Canadian Opera Company, the result is always successful and mutually fruitful – “Caffee Cantate”, “Dido and Aeneas”, “La Traviata” and “The House of the Dead” are the good proof for it. Bertman has directed different opera productions throughout the world Volksoper Vienna, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Estonian National Opera, Latvian National Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Vaneimune (Tartu, Eesti). From 1994 he has held a masterclass at the Bern Opera Studio, teaching the methods of Stanislavsky, Mikhail Chekhov and Shaliapin. For 5 times he has been a Jury member of Belveder Vocal Contest, Ottavio Ziino Opera Competition in Roma, New York International Opera Auditions and others.
He is a today professor – the Head of the Russian Theatre Academy’s Musical Theatre Department at his alma mater the Russian Theatre Academy. In 1997 Dmitri Bertman has been named the Honored Art Worker of Russia. He has won the highly coveted Russian National Golden Mask award for best opera director for Carmen in 1998, The Tsar’s Bride in 1999 and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in 2001. In 2003 he has become the Officier des Palmes Academiques (France) and in 2004 – the Knight of the Maltese Cross. Now Dmitri Bertman carries the highest Russian Governmental title – The People’s Artist of Russia.
Amongs Dmitri Bertman’s earlier productions includes Falstaff, Helikon Opera, 2002; My Fair Lady, Theatre “Et Cetera” 2002; Lulu, Helikon Opera 2002; Eugene Onegin, Premiere Music Theatre of Krasnodar 2002; Tsar’s Bride, Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre 2002; Prince Igor, Istanbul Opera and Ballet Theatre 2002; Pierre le Grand, Helikon Opera 2003; The Makropulos Case, Helikon Opera 2003; Tosca, Latvian National Opera 2004, Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Helikon Opera 2004; Norma, Santander Festival/Helikon Opera 2004; La Clemenza di Tito, Merida Festival/Helikon Opera 2004; Nabucco, Massy/Dijon/Helikon 2004 (In 2006 Dmitri Bertman’s production made for Massy Opera “Nabucco” was rented by Maestro Gergiev for the repertoire of the Mariinsky Theatre); Eugene Onegin, Royal Swedish Opera 2005; The Tale of a Real Man, Helikon Opera, 2005; Siberia and Rusalka, Helikon Opera, 2006; La Traviata, Canadian Opera Company, 2006; Rusalka, Erfurt, 2006; Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Vaneimune, 2007; Wallenberg, Estonian National Opera, 2007; Boris Godunov (D. Shostakovich edition), Helikon Opera, 2007; Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Helikon Opera, 2007; Le Nozze di Figaro, Helikon Opera, 2007, The Tsar’s Bride, Teatro Bellini, 2008; Rasputin, Helikon-Opera, 2008; Russalka, Canadian Opera, 2009; Il Re Nudo, Rome Opera 2009; The Queen of Spades, Royal Swedish Opera 2009, .
On the 23rd of February 2008 the President of Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves awarded Dmitri Bertman with Order of Santa Maria Land for his production of “Wallenberg” opera by Erkki Sven-Tüür.
In October 2008 he was instated a professor of stage direction and musical theatre acting.
In autumn 2008 on stage of “Helikon-Opera” Dmitri Bertman for the first time in Russia staged “Rasputin” opera by modern American composer by J. Reise.
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