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Franciska was born in Budapest and grew up in Stockholm and Moscow.

After receiving her First Class BA in English and Drama from Queen Mary University of London and her Masters with Distinction in Performance Making from Goldsmiths University of London, she started working as a freelance theatre director and performance maker, creating work in London venues such as the Cockpit, Hoxton Hall, Above the Arts Theatre, The Bunker and the New Diorama. She has also directed a UK tour including venues such as The Lowry (Manchester), Cast (Doncaster) and Enable US (Sheffield).

 

In Europe she has worked in Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Serbia and Hungary. Her Hungarian directorial debut, Hamlet with the Csokonai National Theatre has been listed as one of the top 55 creative achievements in 2020 by Highlights of Hungary.

In recent years she has been working primarily in opera and worked with the National Opera Studio, Fulham Opera, the Royal Academy of Music, Opera Holland Park, Longborough Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House. She directed the UK debut of Gounod's La Nonne Sanglante with Gothic Opera, which won the London OffWestend award for Best Opera Production. In 2023 she was a semi-finalist for the 13th European Opera Directing Prize, and her concept for a new, interactive opera, SÉISME, developed with composer Alex Ho and poet Ar Guens Jean Mary, was a finalist for the FEDORA Digital Opera Prize.

In the past she has been part of the directors course on the Royal Opera House's Jette Parker Young Artist Programme lead by Elaine Kidd and Katie Mitchell, and currently she is an Artist in Residence at Montpellier National Opera.

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