was born in Costa Rica and grew up near Lake Constance in Germany.
She received her formal training at Hamburg’s Stage School of Music, Dance and Drama; following this, she appeared both as an actress
and as a singer in musicals and operettas. At the same time, she began working as an assistant stage director in
theatre and opera productions.
In 2000, she directed her first production, Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel, at the Theater an der Sill in Innsbruck.
Later that year, she assisted Tobias Moretti in his production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Vorarlberger Landestheater
in Bregenz, and worked as a stage director with Gustav Kuhn at the prestigious international singing competitions run by the
Bertelsmann Foundation, which took her among other places to the Cairo Opera House.
At the Bregenz Festival, Scheiner assisted Götz Friedrich and Richard Jones and Antony McDonald.
From 2001 to 2007, Rebecca Scheiner worked as stage director and evening supervisor at the Vienna State Opera, looking after 25 different productions.
She works with directors such as Robert Carsen, John Dew, Jürgen Flimm, Peter Konwitschny, Marco A. Marelli, Christine Mielitz,
David Pountney, and Peter Stein.
In the summer of 2002, she staged Mozart’s Zaide in Vicenza’s historic Teatro Olimpico;
as the work’s original dialogues are lost, Scheiner wrote new dialogues for this production.
Her successful collaboration with the Vienna Boys’ Choir began in 2003. Together with Tina Breckwoldt,
she developed and wrote the story for the world music project “Silk Road”, which she also staged.
The piece premiered in the Afghanistan exhibition in Vienna’s Museum of Social Anthropology, and later toured
China, Korea, the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.
In 2004, Rebecca Scheiner staged Raoul Gehringer’s children’s opera Moby-Dick, which premiered in Vienna’s Musikverein.
In 2005, Scheiner directed the Vorarlberger Landestheater’s production of Loewe’s My Fair Lady to great acclaim;
later that year, she created a tour version of Humperdinck’s famous singspiel Hansel and Gretel
2007 saw the successful premiere of a new production of Henry Purcell’s Fairy Queen in Bregenz for which Scheiner
again supplied her own text. In April, Rebecca Scheiner directed the world premiere of Elisabeth Naske’s The Omama im Apfelbaum
in the Vienna State Opera’s rooftop tent; the children’s opera was commissioned by the Opera House.
Rebecca Scheiner speaks German, English, Italian, French and Spanish.