Mascha Pörzgen’s directing portfolio comprises contemporary music theatre, world premieres and classic theatre works on opera and drama.
She staged Verdi's I Vespri Siciliani and Rigoletto, Tschaikowsky's Eugen Onegin, Janácek's Katja Kabanova and The Cunning Little Vixen,
Nicolai's Merry Wifes of Windsor, Mozart's Magic Flute and Cosi fan tutte, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Gounod's Margarete; Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, Hans Gal's The song of the night, Puccini´s Tosca among others, as well as
works from contemporary composers such as
G.Ligeti's Le grand Macabre, H.J.v.Bose's 63:Dreampalace, Violeta Dinescu's Erendira , T.M.Schlee's Church-opera Ich, Hiob und The cricket recovers by Richard Ayres, Victor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis, Ernst Krenek's Tarquin, Manfred Trojahn's Limonen aus Sizilien, Ana Sokolović's Svadba (Wedding)
Her dramatic works include Euripides, Shakespeare, Heiner Müller, Gombrowicz, Razumovskaja, Robert Thomas and Peter Shaffer. In musical theatre, Mascha staged Little shop of horrors and Triumph of Love, based on Marivaux.
Mascha Pörzgen was born in Bonn, Germany, and grew up in Moscow.
She studied film and theatre acting in Berlin and graduated Summa cum Laude with a diploma in directing at the University of Hamburg.
She served as assistant director with Claus Peymann, George Tabori and others at the Burgtheater Wien.
As co-director she worked with Werner Schroeter, Joachim Herz, Johannes Schaaf at Opera Frankfurt, at the Bolshoi Theater Moscow and at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater.
Since 1999 she works as stage-director on Opera and Drama.
Currently Mascha is holding a Professorship on dialogue-scene-work for Opera at the at the University for Music, Theater, Media in Hannover, Germany.
In addition she is working as a teacher and director within the "International Opera Studio", a programm for young opera singers at the "Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin".
In 2015 Mascha was teaching and staging at the University Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria
From 2007-2015 Mascha was having a steady teaching assignment on scene-work for Opera at the at the Folkwang-University of Arts in Essen, Germany.
In 2010/11 Mascha was teaching as guest-professor at the University of Arts (Universität der Künste) in Berlin, Germany. She was invited to a teaching assignment again in 2013.
In 2006/7 Mascha was teaching scene-work for Opera at the Hogeschool Zuyd, Maastricht, NL
She worked as resident director/acting coach / artistic supervisor from 2007-2014 for BB-Promotion at the International World Tour of the original Broadway classic West Side Story / (Vienna, Paris, Zürich, London, Athens, Madrid, Tokio, Tel Aviv etc.) and Richard O´Brians "Rocky Horror Show"
Mascha Pörzgen is a member of the ITI (International Theatre Institut / Unesco)