Critical Classics – Team

Julia Jones

Julia Jones is one of the most internationally renowned conductors of her generation. She conducts „Die Zauberflöte“ at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Vienna State Opera, among others.


Leyla Ercan works as a cultural consultant and speaker, specialising in the following areas: Change processes, diversity development, inclusion, critical cultural practices in cultural institutions, etc. Most recently, she was responsible for diversity development at the Niedersächsische Staatstheater Hannover.


Leyla Ercan


Aşkın-Hayat Doğan


As a diversity and empowerment trainer, sensitivity reader and author, Aşkın-Hayat Doğan works about Islamophobia, queerness and racism and uses his workshops to promote a more discrimination-reduced way of living together. Together with Susanne Kasper, he runs the „Phantastik-Bestenliste“ and is the host of the monthly Twitchtalk „Diverser Lesen mit Ask“.

Ilya Kukharenko


Ilya Kukharenko is an internationally recognised dramaturg, curator and director. As a dramaturg, he was responsible for the production of „Tannhäuser“ in Novosibirsk, which was cancelled by the government. Other theatres include: Vienna State Opera and the Boshoi Theatre in Moscow.


Hartmut El Kurdi was born in Jordan and grew up in London and Kassel. He writes theatre plays and stories for children and adults as well as satirical columns, including in „Die Zeit“. His bestseller „Angstmän“ was published by Carlsen.

Hartmut El Kurdi

Berthold Schneider


Berthold Schneider is an international theatre manager and stage-director. Most recently, he was artistic director of the Wuppertal Opera. Under his direction, theatres have been awarded the „Prize for the Best Opera Programme“ and the „Federal Theatre Prize“.

Yosemeh Adjei

Born in Nuremberg with Ghanaian roots, countertenor Yosemeh Adjei was already involved in numerous record and television productions and concert tours at the age of ten. He has since performed in renowned music centres, including the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden and Ruhr Triennale Bochum.


Ralitsa Ralinova​

Bulgarian-born soprano Ralitsa Ralinova sang the roles of Pamina and Papagena in Mozart’s „Magic Flute“ on the CD recording by Bulgarian national radio. She is part of the ensemble of Staatstheater Kassel. In 2019, she was nominated for Best Young Singer in „Opernwelt“.


Ulrich Etscheit

For many years, Ulrich Etscheit was the head of stage and orchestra promotion for the Alkor edition of the Bärenreiter Verlag. The fact that Handel’s operas are now a permanent fixture in the opera repertoire on the basis of the Halle Handel Edition published by Bärenreiter is one of his great services to the publishing industry.


Tamara Yasmin Quick works as a dramaturge, lecturer, researcher and project coordinator. After working as a research assistant and lecturer at the Research Institute for Music Theatre Thurnau (fimt) at the University of Bayreuth in 2022 / 2023, she has been project coordinator of the interdisciplinary DFG research group „Krisengefüge der Künste“ in Munich since September 2023. She also teaches at the University of Bayreuth, the LMU Munich and on the music theatre pedagogy course at the Mozarteum University Salzburg.

Tamara Yasmin Quick

Änne-Marthe Kühn

Änne-Marthe Kühn is a freelance dramaturg, librettist and producer. She currently works primarily for the Neuköllner Oper Berlin, where she is jointly responsible for developing programmes and plays, developing digital music theatre formats and also appears as a (co-)author. Here she is committed to a critical examination of gender equality issues and racism on and behind the musical theatre stage, including with the German Cultural Council, Bühnenmütter e.V., proQuote Bühne and ensemble-netzwerk. She was a scholarship holder of the Akademie Musiktheater.

Andreas Gergen

Ela Baumann

Frank Hilbrich


Andreas Gergen is an internationally renowned actor, director and theatre manager. He has won the German Comedy Award, was honoured as best director at the BroadwayWorld Austria Awards and received the „Frog of the Year 2017“ classical operetta award from Bayerischer Rundfunk. He will be General Manage of the Bühne Baden from 2025. Ela Baumann has worked as a director, choreographer and librettist at theatres such as the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Vienna State Opera, the Philharmonie Berlin, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Lucerne Festival. She is passionate about creating music and dance theatre for young audiences, such as Was ist los bei den Enakos? (commissioned by the Vienna State Opera). Frank Hilbrich has made a name for himself as a music theatre director with numerous productions at theatres in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Switzerland, including the Bregenz Festival, the Dresden Semperoper, the Aalto-Theater Essen, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Budapest State Opera and the Hanover State Opera. Since 2013, he has been Professor for acting at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Since the beginning of the 22/23 season, he has been Head Director of Music Theatre at Theater Bremen.

Prof. Dr. Robert von Zahn

Landesmusikrat NRW

Jonas Zipf

Dr. Kai Hinrich Müller