Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival and European Casting Consultant Lyric Opera Chicago
Evamaria Wieser was born in Vienna and grew up in a musical family, beginning piano lessons at the age of four. After completing her secondary education at a special high school for music, Ms. Wieser studied piano at the Vienna Conservatory. She subsequently enrolled in the Italian interpreting program at the University of Vienna and earned a Master of Arts degree in 1976.
From 1976 to 1980, Ms. Wieser worked at the Starka/Ioan Holender Theater Agency in Vienna. In 1980 she accepted a position with the artistic administration office of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Beginning in 1989, Ms. Wieser worked in the field of artist management at the Holender/ÖIK Theater Agency in Vienna, and from 1990 to 2001 she served as director of the artistic administration office of the Salzburg Festival under artistic director Gerard Mortier.
In 2001 Ms. Wieser was named director of the artistic administration office of the newly founded Ruhr Triennale in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, again under the artistic direction of Gerard Mortier, and was also director of scheduling. Since October of 2001, Evamaria Wieser has been head of opera production for the Salzburg Easter under the artistic direction of Claudio Abbado (2002) and Sir Simon Rattle (until 2012).
Between 2002 and 2004, Ms. Wieser prepared the way for Gerard Mortier to assume the position of director of the Paris National Opera as of the 2004/2005 season. Since 2002 she has been the Consultant for the Osterfestspiele Salzburg.
Evamaria Wieser serves as director of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival and also as Casting Consultant for Chicago’s Lyric Opera since May of 2008. Since 2011 she is Artistic Consultant of the Teatro dell´Opera as well.