Andrew Nienaber has been on the directing staff of several major opera companies around the nation, including Dallas Opera. Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Ft. Worth Opera and Central City Opera. His Barber of Seville for Piedmont Opera was called “A rousing success” by the Winston-Salem Journal, who went on to say “Rarely have I laughed as much or as hard at the theater. The staging, singing and acting…were superb.” Of his Barber for Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, Berkshire Fine Arts said, “The direction of this production was spectacular. It was a Barbiere rich in detail with no rough edges. Stage director Andrew Nienaber showed what…an expert hand can do with talented comedic actors. The opera was, from beginning to end, legitimately hilarious, sending the audience into torrents of laughter.”
Andrew has directed versions of Semele, The Tender Land, and Florencia en el Amazonas for Palm Beach Opera as well as numerous scenes programs and outreach shows.He was the stage director for Opera Pacific’s acclaimed Opera Camp, an educational program for eight- to eighteen-year-olds culminating in a fully-supported performance with orchestra. Productions he staged for Opera Camp included the world premiere of Das Püppet and the United States premiere of The Star Child, for which he wrote the English libretto. Also at Opera Pacific, he directed the Opera in the Raw productions of The Elixir of Love and La Traviata, and wrote and directed the touring educational show Fun With Opera!. Andrew also served as the Assistant Director and resident stage director of the Opera Conservatory at the Orange County High School of the Arts, the only high school-level program recognized by Opera America.