Madis Nurms

Madis Nurms is a free-lance scenographer who has worked as a designer on numerous productions in Estonia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria and Germany. He was awarded MA cum laude in Scenography in 2009 (Estonian Academy of Arts) and BA in Social Sciences in 2007 (Tallinn University). 

His work concentrates on designs for operas: Verdi's "La Traviata" (2017, stage director Anu Lamp), "Aida" (2015, also as a stage director) and “Attila” (2011, Üllar Saaremäe), Offenbach's "La belle Hélène" (2018, Peter Lund),  Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride” (2013, staged by Teet Kask), Verdi’s , Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” in 25 theatres in Belgium and Netherlands (2011,  Hans Nieuwenhuis), Massenet’s “Thaïs” (2009, Mai Murdmaa), Bizet’s “Carmen” (2007,  Marko Matvere).
His works also include set and lighting design for the recital of Barbara Hendricks (2007) among various lighting designs for concerts. Important dance productions designed by him include Tubin's "Goblin" (2015, choreographer Marina Kesler), “GO – a Game for Two” (2014, Teet Kask), “Waiting” (2010, Indrek Kornel) and “Ohlala…Ça c’est passé comme ça” (2012, Russian Theatre, Tõnu Veiler).

In 2009 Nurms was an assistant to the designer of “Dido and Aeneas” (staged by Hans Nieuwenhuis) at Opera Zuid. In the same year he was an assistant to the lighting designer Jean Kalman at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie for the operas “Iphigénie en Aulide” and “Iphigénie en Tauride” (staged by Pierre Audi). 

In May 2015 Madis Nurms debuted as a stage director with Verdi’s “Aida” at Vanemuine Theatre (within PromFest) followed by directing Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 by Schoenberg.